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Admiral Donutz VIP Member

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#1 8 years ago

I laughed when I read about it in the paper of a money van driver getting away with €11.000.000,- / $16.489.034,- :

Guard 'simply drives off with cash' in €11m heist

THE biggest French cash robbery in recent years was a non-violent affair: Tony Musulin, a security guard, apparently simply drove off with the money while his two colleagues were inside the central Lyons branch of the Banque de France.

Police found the empty vehicle, which belongs to the Swedish security firm Loomis, two hours later, parked neatly in a side street in a suburb of the city. Its satellite tracking system and telephone link had been switched off and its contents, about 40 sacks of banknotes totalling €11m, were missing.

Police initially suspected that robbers may have taken the driver hostage. However, they said they had found signs that Mr Musulin (39) had planned the robbery carefully.

"We went to search this lad's home and were surprised to discover a flat that was almost unoccupied. It was cleaned up as if he had prepared his flight," Xavier Richaud, the Lyons prosecutor, said. (©, The Times, London)

Source: Guard 'simply drives off with cash' in €11m heist - World News, Frontpage - Independent.ie

Simple and effective really. Apparantly many people see him as a "hero" for outmsarting "the authorities". :uhm:

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French join up to fan club after security guard pulls audacious robbery without a shot fired

for ten years Tony Musulin worked for the Loomis security firm in France. The 39-year-old had a spotless record and apparently led a dull life. But that all changed on Thursday morning after a routine pick-up from a branch of the Banque de France in Lyon.

Musulin, along with two colleagues, had collected around €11.6m (approximately £10.3m) from the bank before driving to a second bank for another collection. Musulin stayed inside the van while his two assistants disappeared inside; when the pair came out a few minutes later, the van - and Musulin - were nowhere to be seen.

Three hours later the van was found abandoned and lunchtime news bulletins spoke of a heist in which a security guard had been kidnapped. By Friday morning, however, another scenario had emerged. Police now suspected that far from being held hostage by a ruthless gang of robbers, Musulin was secreted in a safe house surrounded by 49 sacks of cash and sporting a very broad smile.

It has since been claimed that Musulin, thought to be acting alone, planned his daylight robbery well, choosing a day when he was the senior of the three guards, and when the money for collection was in new bills of which the bank had no record.

In addition, Musulin had cleared out his own bank accounts and removed any incriminating documents from his modest apartment.

Musulin's colleagues have since spoken of a "rather odd" man, who rarely socialised with them and spent much of his spare time working out at a local gym or moaning about his lot in life. "He found it very unfair that we were badly paid," a colleague explained on national radio. "He said the other day, 'They'll pay - the bank, the bosses. We'll have them'."

One aspect of the case exercising investigators is how a man on a monthly salary of €2,000 was able to buy a €160,000 Ferrari last April. "A modest wage but a big expenditure, obviously it's something that concerns us," said a police spokesman. As for his own bank accounts, which Musulin emptied in the last week of October, police would like to know how they came to contain around €100,000.

Meanwhile, Musulin's crime has touched a revolutionary nerve in the national psyche and his audacity is being lauded on the internet. By Sunday more than 1,500 people had signed up to a 'Tony Musulin fan club' on Facebook with his supporters praising a non-violent robbery for which, even if he is caught, he faces only three to five years in prison.

Others have asked what the difference is between Musulin's crime and that of some of the world's bankers. T-shirts are also for sale on the internet - for €22 - with a picture of Musulin's face above the slogan 'Best Driver of 2009'.

Perhaps the mood of the nation is best summed up by a comment posted on the site of the daily newspaper Le Parisien: "Good move, well pulled off."

Source: http://www.thefirstpost.co.uk/55825,news-comment,news-politics,france-has-a-new-anti-hero-bank-robber-tony-musulin



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#2 8 years ago

Wow, an odd case, but this doesn't qutie top that weird helicopter heist in Sweden :p. Clearly though he had planned this, emptying out his apartment and moving the cash out of the vehicle quickly and disposing of it.

Admiral Donutz;5064094 Apparantly many people see him as a "hero" for outmsarting "the authorities". :uhm:

It's not too uncommon when people feel a lot of resentment towards the establishment. Back in the Great Depression of the US, bank robbers like the duo of Bonnie and Clyde and Tom Dillinger were very popular with the people for "standing up" against the bankers. I recall a similar case further back with the bandit Jessie James. Heck, look at the popularity of Robin Hood.




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#3 8 years ago

That's actually pretty impressive that he pulled it off so well. It would have been even better if he was able to get away with it.

T-shirts are also for sale on the internet - for €22 - with a picture of Musulin's face above the slogan 'Best Driver of 2009'.

:lol: That's great.




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Commissar MercZ;5064917

It's not too uncommon when people feel a lot of resentment towards the establishment. Back in the Great Depression of the US, bank robbers like the duo of Bonnie and Clyde and Tom Dillinger were very popular with the people for "standing up" against the bankers. I recall a similar case further back with the bandit Jessie James. Heck, look at the popularity of Robin Hood.[/QUOTE]I know, but I find this behaviour... interesting/facisnating to say the least. It's still theft afterall and if anything we end up paying for it down the line...

[QUOTE=*The.Doctor;5065530]That's actually pretty impressive that he pulled it off so well. It would have been even better if he was able to get away with it.

:lol: That's great.

Well he got away, though they have retreived 9 million in a garagebox he rented under a false name some time before the heist. He should have found some abandonend place or something abd buried the money, to dig it up a few months from now. Or let it be dug up by someone else ofcourse (while he remains abroad in a country that won't turn him over ti the French authorities).




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#5 8 years ago
Admiral Donutz;5065680I know, but I find this behaviour... interesting/facisnating to say the least. It's still theft afterall and if anything we end up paying for it down the line...

Yes, it is, but that's the inherent populism in all of us.