'Termite Gangs' Rob French Banks Using Tunnels

Bank robbers known as termite gangs have tried to tunnel into Paris banks. At a branch of Credit Lyonnais, robbers were successful and cracked nearly 200 safety deposit boxes. Their attempt to hit BNP Paribas was unsuccessful and left them empty handed.

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Our last word in business, today, is termite gangs. In the last few weeks, bank robbers have attempted, in some cases successfully, to tunnel into three Paris banks. At a branch of Credit Lyonnais, robbers cracked nearly 200 safety deposit boxes. The robbers, known as the termite gang, weren't so successful at BNP Paribas. They tried to dig a tunnel from a subway station into the basement of a bank, using a pneumatic drill. After the thieves missed the safety deposit room, they retreated empty-handed, but not before starting a fire to cover their tracks. That triggered an alarm and brought the police.

Maybe the lesson here is: get a map.

And that's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

And I'm Steve Inskeep.

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