They attempt the ‘heist of the century’ at Santiago de Chile airport, the commando assault for 32 million dollars
In the growing sense of insecurity plaguing Chile, and which is reflected in the bleak rise in crime according to official figures, a botched robbery of an armored car at Santiago airport has brought the spotlight back on one of the most complex issues facing Chile. administration of President Gabriel Boric. The accident claimed the lives of two people after a shootout occurred right on the runway. The assault took place around 7.50 am (local time), when a commando of 12 people with automatic weapons entered the W sector of the airport in three vehicles with the aim of robbing the truck carrying about 32 million dollars originating from Miami. The money was to be transferred to various Chilean banks. The group gained access to the location after beating up a Directorate General of Civil Aeronautics (DGAC) security guard, who had his weapon stolen, and then overcame the first security fence by breaking down the locks with their vehicles. According to police sources, the criminals “wanted to carry out a new robbery of the century”, referring to the one that took place in March 2020 when 14 million dollars and one million euros were stolen from an airport armored car. For this reason they were very organized, had preliminary information and used false identification documents. Once inside the airport, the criminals engaged in a shootout with members of the AVSEC (Aviation Security) unit, a unit of the DGAC dedicated to fighting civil aviation crimes. At that moment, a shooting broke out under the plane carrying the money. The clash caused the death of two people: an agent and a criminal. The rest of the gang escaped without taking away the loot.