Banco Central Burglary at Fortaleza: $48 Million

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In August, 2005, a group of burglars tunneled their way into the vault at Banco Central in Fortaleza in Ceará, Brazil. The thieves ended up stealing $48 million in uninsured money.

Five men allegedly involved in the incident were arrested with about $5.4 million of the stolen cash on Sept. 28, 2005. The ringleader, Jussivan Antonio Alves dos Santos, was sentenced to 80 years in prison.

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