Gang attacks armoured truck, exchanges fire with police
100,000 euros looted, thieves on the run04 November, 17:23
The gang lit four trucks on fire near the town of Apricena and fired gunshots in the air to scare the truck operators, police said.
The thieves then employed a mechanical shovel to turnover the armored truck and empty its contents, using a blowtorch to cut through the metal plate.
The burglars extracted roughly 100,000 euros from the truck, but their attack triggered an alarm on the vehicle, immediately calling police to the scene. Police and the thieves exchanged fire. The burglars were forced to abandon their own escape car taking the booty with them on foot.
Four of the gang reached the A14 freeway entrance where they scattered nails across the asphalt to slow passing cars.
The fugitives stole a passing car from its driver, a doctor, and abandoned the vehicle shortly after.
Inside the stolen car, police found a bloodied Kalashnikov, leading them to suspect that one of the thieves was injured.
Police are searching the area with the aid of a helicopter.