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Brooklyn, NY - $280K And Valuables Stolen From HSBC Bank Vault In BP

Published on: April 11, 2016 03:21 PM
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A Police officer stands guard on the rooftop above HSBC bank on 13th Ave where a thief dug a hole and made off with nearly 300K worth of valuables. (Eli Wohl/VINnews.com)A Police officer stands guard on the rooftop above HSBC bank on 13th Ave where a thief dug a hole and made off with nearly 300K worth of valuables. (Eli Wohl/VINnews.com)

Brooklyn, NY - An employee at a Borough Park bank was greeted by a shocking sight upon opening up the bank’s vault this morning: a hole in the ceiling leading out to the roof.

Police said that approximately $280,000 in cash, as well as valuables from an unknown number of safe deposit boxes were taken during the heist at the HSBC Bank branch on 13th Avenue and 44th Street.  The robbery took place sometime over the weekend and no alarms were activated during the robbery.

The theft was discovered at 8:30 AM this morning by the employee who opened the vault.  Police, who are continuing their investigation, discovered an abandoned ladder on the roof of the building.

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The contents of the pilfered safe deposit boxes are unknown at this time and police said that they do not know if the owners of the affected boxes have been notified.

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 Apr 11, 2016 at 03:50 PM jay Says:

Hard to understand how in this day and age with all the technology that we have that this can just happen without being watched or noticed. No! There is no excuse!

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 Apr 11, 2016 at 03:53 PM lipa21 Says:

if the alarm was broke who is responsible for this theft?

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 Apr 11, 2016 at 03:55 PM BP Says:

How would they know how much money was taken if the owners werent contacted??

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 Apr 11, 2016 at 04:10 PM Anonymous Says:

This bank doesn't exactly look like Fort Knox to start with. People should think twice and three times, before using the "safe deposit" boxes of these strip mall type banks.

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 Apr 11, 2016 at 04:35 PM Anonymous Says:

Had to bean inside job,

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 Apr 11, 2016 at 07:09 PM enlightened-yid Says:

Maybe only Chase and TD in Boro Park would qualify as secure. The rest of these banks on every corner are a joke; installing a huge safe door to impress customers is a marketing tactic. Many bank burglaries in recent years have been through the roof, the weakest link. Serious banks have sensors and lasers inside ceilings and walls that would detect, heat and drilling.

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 Apr 11, 2016 at 07:41 PM Erlich Says:

Reply to #5  
Anonymous Says:

Had to bean inside job,

Agree, looks like an inside job.

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 Apr 11, 2016 at 07:52 PM Maybe...just maybe... Says:

They should have invested $199, in a Google Nest Cam, or the like, as a backup.
Sounds like an inside job too.

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 Apr 11, 2016 at 08:30 PM bennyt Says:

Reply to #4  
Anonymous Says:

This bank doesn't exactly look like Fort Knox to start with. People should think twice and three times, before using the "safe deposit" boxes of these strip mall type banks.

I keep my money in the safest and cheapest place possible -- my mattress. I sleep like a baby!

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 Apr 11, 2016 at 09:40 PM dooalldel Says:

#5 bean means a bundel

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 Apr 11, 2016 at 11:08 PM jay Says:

Banks with public deposit vaults should have 24 hour armed guards on premise. Not a big deal for any big bank.

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 Apr 11, 2016 at 11:29 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #11  
jay Says:

Banks with public deposit vaults should have 24 hour armed guards on premise. Not a big deal for any big bank.

Then they have to hire guards to watch the other guards.

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 Apr 12, 2016 at 07:13 AM chugibugi Says:

Reply to #10  
dooalldel Says:

#5 bean means a bundel

that's what you get with a chasidish yeshiva secular education,we have 4th and 5th generation American born kids who are absolutely illiterate,what a shame and a big CHILLUL HASHEM

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 Apr 12, 2016 at 08:58 AM cool masmid Says:

Reply to #9  
bennyt Says:

I keep my money in the safest and cheapest place possible -- my mattress. I sleep like a baby!

What's your address? I promise I won't wake you up. I'll let you continue sleeping like a baby.

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 Apr 12, 2016 at 12:51 PM The_Truth Says:

Reply to #9  
bennyt Says:

I keep my money in the safest and cheapest place possible -- my mattress. I sleep like a baby!

"sleep like a baby"
Waking up every 2 hours crying?!

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 Apr 12, 2016 at 01:35 PM The_Truth Says:

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Erlich Says:

Agree, looks like an inside job.

You've been watching too many movies / read too many books.
Most bank jobs in recent years have been exactly like this. Either from the roof / wall next door. There are so many of them that you don't even hear about it, even if you banked there (unless its a heimishe bank). I know because I have a friend who is a bank manager. Security at high street banks are a joke. A couple hundred grand thefts is a drop in the bucket for these banks, so they aren't about to spend millions of dollars in upgrades at every branch. Customers are usually covered under insurance anyway.

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