Thieves dressed as police hoodwink security and steal £160,000 from bank

Shocking CCTV shows two suspected burglars dressed as police officers enter a Colombian bank and steal more than £160,000.

The robbery took place at a BBVA bank in the neighbourhood of Rebolo in the city of Barranquilla in the northern Colombian department of Atlantico, and 772 million COP (£162,365) was reportedly stolen in total.

Footage shows a man in police uniform and a motorcycle helmet walk into the bank through a security turnstile.

He is then followed by an accomplice who is wearing a similar high-vis vest and uniform.

The pair then enter a room where the money is held.



Four suspects dressed as police officers carried out the robbery at 6.45pm on July 23, according to local newspaper Impactonews.

Bank cashier Rhonald Isidro Hernandez Soto told the site that four men arrived on two motorbikes when the bank was closed to the public.

Hernandez Soto let them into the bank believe that they were officers wanting to discuss security measures.

A few minutes after the suspects entered the bank, the worker grew suspicious and immediately called the police.

But the suspects managed to seize the £162,365 and escape before the real police officers arrived on the scene to apprehend them.

Barranquilla Metropolitan Police official Colonel Manuel Rojas has offered a reward of 20 million COP (£4,206) to anyone who can provide information that leads to the suspects’ arrest, Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia reports.

Reports also said that the neighbourhood of Rebolo is considered one of the most dangerous areas in the city with a strong presence of criminal gangs and drug dealers.

The investigation is ongoing.

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