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SAO PAULO – Thieves who spent months tunneling from a rented house to an made off with nearly $6 million over the weekend as season-ending soccer matches virtually paralyzed the nation, Brazilian authorities said Monday.
The heist was discovered Sunday evening — after the games ended. Officers followed the tunnel from the company’s safe some 110 yards (100 meters) underground to a house, Sao Paulo police said in a statement.
Police said the home, abandoned when they arrived, had been occupied for about four months. Its former occupants are considered suspects, but there were no immediate arrests.
Officials with the armored car company — Transnacional Transporte de Valores e Seguranca Patrimonial Ltda — told officers 10 million reals ($5.9 million) were missing, according to the statement.
Globo TV’s G1 Web site reported that electricity was cut off to the company’s office and some security cameras were not on when the theft happened, but authorities did not immediately confirm that.
The heist occurred on the last weekend of the soccer season, when the league championship and relegation matches had people nationwide glued to their televisions.A security guard at the building heard a loud noise at about 5 p.m. Sunday, but figured it was from fireworks that sports fans had been setting off throughout the afternoon CONTINUES HERE