April 4th, 2010
06:44 PM ET

Burglars bore into French bank, flee sans cash

For the second weekend in a row, thieves attempted to rob a Paris bank by boring into the building's basement, but police said they fled empty-handed this time. The would-be bandits followed a sewer tunnel beneath a BNP Paribas branch in central Paris, then cut a hole from the tunnel into the bank about 4:30 a.m. Sunday, Paris police said. But they took off shortly sans cash before police arrived without reaching the bank's vault, they said.

"At this time, no one has been arrested and the investigation is ongoing," police told CNN.

The unsuccessful heist occurred a week after a successful raid on a Credit Lyonnais branch in the French capital. The burglars broke into the bank's basement and entered the vault through a hole in the wall, Credit
Lyonnais spokesman Olivier Tassain said.

It was unclear in either case how many burglars were involved in the break-ins, police and bank officials said.

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  1. Bull

    Well,third time the charm.Better luck next weekend guys.

    April 4, 2010 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. brown

    Wow, all that work and no pay off. haha!

    April 5, 2010 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  3. Tony Palm

    Reminds me of the robbery of the Société Générale Bank in Nice, France in 1976. They, too, broke into the bank via the sewer but in that robbery they got away with about 60 million francs (I think)

    April 5, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  4. Gerry@Gemz

    maybe that bank had a large withdrawl the Friday before..:>) life is tough,eh? even bank robbers are falling upon tough times...Gerry!

    April 5, 2010 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |