It required six months hard graft, meticulous attention to detail and the scraping away of tonnes of earth and concrete to carve the tunnel found burrowed into a Manchester shopping centre.
Yet the gang behind what should have been one of the most audacious heists Manchester police have witnessed ultimately escaped with little more than the cost of a secondhand car.
Announcing an investigation into what detectives are adamant is a local criminal outfit, police yesterday revealed fresh details into how the "mole gang" spent months digging a 100ft-long passage beneath a video shop where a cash machine was located. However, the Hollywood-style heist yielded just £6,000 in a city where a luxury apartment can cost £1,000 a month.
A police spokesman said the gang escaped with around the same amount he had recently paid for a secondhand car – £5,500. He dismissed their haul as "pocket-change".
It was plausible, he said, that the gang may have even lost money on the operation given the amount of "time, effort and equipment hire" involved.
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