Robberies Cause Chile to Restrict Armored Van Routes

October 30, 2014

Chile is restricting the routes of armored van companies after a series of multimillion dollar robberies.

The government said Tuesday that commercial routes will be cut by 15 percent, and a special team of prosecutors will investigate the more than one dozen thefts so far this year.

About $5 million were stolen from two vans Monday.

Masked gunmen also stole $10 million at the Santiago airport from an armored car belonging to the U.S. security company Brink’s in August. It was the biggest heist of its kind in Chile’s history.

The robbery also drew comparisons to one of the largest cash thefts in American history: the Dec. 11, 1978, Lufthansa Airlines heist at New York’s John F. Kennedy airport that was dramatized in the hit movie “Goodfellas.”

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