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Thieves Use Vacuum To Siphon Cash From Safes

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the gone-with-the-wind dept.

Crime 173

Tootech writes "A gang of thieves armed with a powerful vacuum cleaner that sucks cash from supermarket safes has struck for the fifteenth time in France. The burglars broke into their latest store near Paris and drilled a hole in the pneumatic tube that siphons money from the checkout to the strong-room. They then sucked rolls of cash totaling £60,000 from the safe without even having to break its lock. Police said the gang — dubbed the Vacuum Burglars — always raid Monoprix supermarkets and have hit 15 of the stores branches around Paris in the past four years. A spokesman added: 'They spotted a weakness in the company's security system and have been exploiting it ever since.'"

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173 comments

You can make this stuff up. (3, Informative)

suso (153703) | more than 3 years ago | (#33686388)

Sounds like someone has been watching "How To Beat The High Co$t Of Living". Anyone remember that movie? Similar plot, only it was a big bubble holding $1 million in cash in the middle of a shopping mall.

Re:You can make this stuff up. (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33686578)

That's it. We should ban vacuums.

Re:You can make this stuff up. (4, Funny)

cmiller173 (641510) | more than 3 years ago | (#33686794)

Wouldn't a government required registration of vacuums be sufficient?

Re:You can make this stuff up. (1)

kd5zex (1030436) | more than 3 years ago | (#33687094)

What is really needed is a registration of all vacuums and a complete ban on any vacuum capable of developing more than a 50 mbar vacuum, those having a debris capacity larger than 0.1 m3, or having a suction line larger than 25 mm.

Citizens will have 30 days to register / surrender vacuums or face a penalty of up to 500 euros.

Law enforcement and other government officials shall be exempt from registration and be allowed to posses banned vacuums.

Re:You can make this stuff up. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33687252)

Only the law abiding suffer with these regulations. They do nothing to stop criminals determined to use vacuums.

Re:You can make this stuff up. (1)

kd5zex (1030436) | more than 3 years ago | (#33687508)

"Law abiding" citizens have no need for such powerful vacuums. In fact, evidence has shown that people who own these high-power, high capacity vacuums are quite often linked to racist hate groups.

Re:You can make this stuff up. (1)

fire113 (1905208) | more than 3 years ago | (#33687898)

Only in Canada eh. Oh, and it'll cost $1B and not be effective.

Re:You can make this stuff up. (4, Funny)

Abstrackt (609015) | more than 3 years ago | (#33687194)

That's it. We should ban vacuums.

That idea sucks.

Re:You can make this stuff up. (3, Funny)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 3 years ago | (#33687452)

No..

declare only terrorists own vacuums..

Then point out to the moron senators that space is full of vacuum and we should declare war on it.

Suddenly NASA has all the money it needs.

Re:You can make this stuff up. (3, Informative)

mapkinase (958129) | more than 3 years ago | (#33686642)

Search google news for robbers paris vacuum and the only story you will find is from this The Sun tabloid.

I smell hoax

Re:You can make this stuff up. (3, Insightful)

Rhaban (987410) | more than 3 years ago | (#33686674)

try searching cambrioleurs aspirateur monoprix.

Re:You can make this stuff up. (1)

mapkinase (958129) | more than 3 years ago | (#33686726)

Two (2) sources. Not very convincing.

The same about reporting it in Register and other one(1) source in UK.

Re:You can make this stuff up. (2, Informative)

somersault (912633) | more than 3 years ago | (#33686902)

Two? There are over 4000 results for that search string, and the first page is all French news sites (apart from Slashdot, of course) covering this story..

Re:You can make this stuff up. (2, Informative)

mapkinase (958129) | more than 3 years ago | (#33686972)

Apparently, we are looking at different searches:

http://www.google.com/search?q=cambrioleurs+aspirateur+monoprix&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a#q=cambrioleurs+aspirateur+monoprix&hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=gdU&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&prmd=iv&source=lnms&tbs=nws:1&ei=ZbWcTJKPLITGlQeY2PGXCg&sa=X&oi=mode_link&ct=mode&ved=0CAoQ_AU&prmdo=1&fp=4e781b66e30e329a [google.com]

Gives at my screen:

#
Conte d'automne : les 2 Brigands et l'Aspirateur magique

Documentissime.fr (Blog) - 1 day ago
Vol à l'aspirateur lundi 20 septembre au Monoprix de Saint-Ouen. Les deux complices ont emporté 70 000 euros. Les cambrioleurs utilisent le même mode ...
Seine-Saint-Denis. Ils vident les coffres avec un aspirateur - LaDépêche.fr
Le gang à l'aspirateur dévalise les Monoprix - Le Parisien
Seine-Saint-Denis un braquage avec un aspirateur - Sur Le Feu
Le Monde - 20minutes.fr
all 24 news articles
Ouest-France
#
Les beaux faits-divers de la presse française

France24 - 2 days ago
Le gang des aspirateurs qui a encore frappé, ou encore L'Homme qui se prétend père d'une ... Leur cible particulière, les magasins de l'enseigne Monoprix. ...

Re:You can make this stuff up. (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 3 years ago | (#33687032)

It does look like it: http://www.google.co.uk/search?source=ig&hl=en&rlz=&q=cambrioleurs+aspirateur+monoprix&btnG=Google+Search&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai= [google.co.uk]

Perhaps Americans get offended when they see French websites?

Re:You can make this stuff up. (1)

mapkinase (958129) | more than 3 years ago | (#33687166)

Nope. Click on "News" tab on the left:

http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=cambrioleurs+aspirateur+monoprix&hl=en&source=lnms&tbs=nws:1&ei=H7icTI6wG8KBlAe0-ISnCg&sa=X&oi=mode_link&ct=mode&ved=0CA0Q_AU&prmdo=1 [google.co.uk]

Same 24 results. I guess the number of news outlets that bought this reached the saturation level. :-)

I still do not know if it is true or not. My initial reporting was to raise doubt and concern, not to reject the story.

I do "smell the hoax", but I still did not taste it.

Re:You can make this stuff up. (1)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 3 years ago | (#33687492)

Merde Pute!

Re:You can make this stuff up. (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 3 years ago | (#33687074)

Ah, I missed where you were using Google News rather than just Google. Still, 24 news articles is not 2.. it does sound like a bad joke, but I wouldn't be that shocked if it were true.

Re:You can make this stuff up. (2, Informative)

ArsenneLupin (766289) | more than 3 years ago | (#33686946)

Try searching just for aspirateur monoprix [google.com] (i.e. without cambrioleurs). Plenty of hits, some even with pictures, and all of them about the gang (... and none about the vacuum cleaners that monoprix might be selling...)

Re:You can make this stuff up. (1)

mapkinase (958129) | more than 3 years ago | (#33687064)

6 results, 24 news articles - same number (I check it probably 6 times already today - one per each comment like yours). Not very impressive and below my personal threshold of belief at Google News.

I am starting to think that French sources are underrepresnted at Google in US (they do this foggy localization stuff).

Re:You can make this stuff up. (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33687750)

And among those 24 same sources we get in France, Le Parisien, Le Monde, and a few of the biggest newspapers in the country. What's your point? Besides, this is local Île-de-France news, and probably wasn't covered nationally as of today.

Re:You can make this stuff up. (1)

Mister Whirly (964219) | more than 3 years ago | (#33687912)

So 24 different news stories is not enough to make you believe. Which raises the obvious question - How many will it take for you to believe it to be true? What is your exact threshold of belief? I am going to guess 42, simply because that is a great number.

Re:You can make this stuff up. (1)

Eunuchswear (210685) | more than 3 years ago | (#33687026)

From Le Parisien, 27/12/2009.

http://www.leparisien.fr/faits-divers/un-gang-de-cambrioleurs-devalise-les-monoprix-27-12-2009-757296.php [leparisien.fr]

"Le dernier fait en date remonte à la nuit du 23 au 24 novembre, avenue d'Italie dans le XIII e arrondissement de Paris."

It's my local Monoprix!

(It's in Paris, not "near Paris").

Re:You can make this stuff up. (1)

Eunuchswear (210685) | more than 3 years ago | (#33687056)

Aha, they struck again!

http://www.leparisien.fr/faits-divers/le-gang-a-l-aspirateur-devalise-les-monoprix-22-09-2010-1078047.php [leparisien.fr]

"Le dernier fait en date remonte à lundi. Vers 6 h 30, deux hommes pénètrent par une issue de secours dans les locaux du magasin Monoprix de la rue Garibaldi, à Saint-Ouen."

This one is "near Paris".

Re:You can make this stuff up. (1)

mapkinase (958129) | more than 3 years ago | (#33687246)

Finally, an explanation emerges: if it is old news, then no wonder that only 24 news outlets reporting it now:

here is Google Translate:

http://translate.google.com/translate?js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.leparisien.fr%2Ffaits-divers%2Fun-gang-de-cambrioleurs-devalise-les-monoprix-27-12-2009-757296.php [google.com]

Looks like Sun and others bought old news as new news.

Re:You can make this stuff up. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33686956)

No it's not :

http://www.lemonde.fr/societe/article/2010/09/22/le-gang-a-l-aspirateur-a-encore-frappe_1414885_3224.html

Re:You can make this stuff up. (2, Interesting)

TheWanderingHermit (513872) | more than 3 years ago | (#33686874)

It goes back even more, to the 1960s or 1970s, in the "Casino" episode of Mission: Impossible (the real one, the good one, not that crap with the self-aggrandizing Tom Cruise). They drilled into a vault and ran a vacuum to suck out all the money.

Re:You can make this stuff up. (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33687034)

I dont remember that one, but I do remember the one where they drilled under a vault of gold, ran up a heating coil, melted the gold and had it drop out the bottom, and put it back into classic bar molds. Then they ran up a spraypaint can and repainted the vault so it wasn't obvious how they got the gold.

Re:You can make this stuff up. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33688000)

This is pretty ingenious. They should get to keep the money.

What about a one-way valve in the tube system? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33686432)

Right before the safe. Too easy maybe?

Re:What about a one-way valve in the tube system? (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 3 years ago | (#33686876)

What good is a safe that only lets you put money in? You might as well use the bills to light cigars...

Noise (2, Interesting)

Thelasko (1196535) | more than 3 years ago | (#33686438)

Wouldn't a vacuum cleaner that size be really loud?

Re:Noise (3, Insightful)

MBGMorden (803437) | more than 3 years ago | (#33686488)

With proper baffling you can quiet down just about anything. Also depends on the area. In many cities there's pretty much constant road-work being done. If they could possibly park it beside the street I'd bet almost everyone would just assume it was construction equipment and wouldn't even question it.

Re:Noise (3, Insightful)

Abcd1234 (188840) | more than 3 years ago | (#33686722)

Plus, you really can't underestimate the ability of people to ignore things that don't immediately concern them.

Re:Noise (3, Funny)

i.r.id10t (595143) | more than 3 years ago | (#33686766)

The famous "Somebody else's problem" field

Re:Noise (1)

Abcd1234 (188840) | more than 3 years ago | (#33687522)

Ahh shit, I can't believe I missed the opportunity to break out that reference... *sigh* I am shamed.

Re:Noise (3, Informative)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 3 years ago | (#33686900)

Or the ability of people to assume that weird activity is normal because the guy was wearing overalls and a cap and looked like a maintenance worker.

Re:Noise (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33687482)

That seems very likely and I doubt that the machine needs to be that quiet anyway. I live in a busy suburb of Paris and the vacuum pump would compete for attention of Ambulances, Police cars, Fire trucks (these vehicles almost always use their sirens nomatter if they need to or not (not a joke)), side-walk cleaning trucks using high-pressure water canons, garbage trucks, motor cyclists driving on the sidewalks or dodging traffic in other insane ways, road works, sign works, bus stop works, moving vans, plumbers, electricians and plenty of buses of various shapes. Who would care of another machine or compressor noise in this madness?

All this can be seen on a daily basis on my street where, incidently, there is a Monoprix located.
And before you bring it up - yes I want to move away from this cacaphony badly :(

Re:Noise (1)

the_fat_kid (1094399) | more than 3 years ago | (#33687286)

loud? do you mean as compared to cracking open the safe?
or as compared to the cleaning crew? or the air conditioner?

I bet no one notices it.
It would be different if it was in your bed room, but in a empty supermarket I don't see it as a problem

Re:Noise (3, Insightful)

kevinNCSU (1531307) | more than 3 years ago | (#33688024)

Yes, but unfortunately dogs can't call the police and since they are the only animal which believes the operation of a vacuum cleaner is a sinister act worth alerting authorities for the thieves plan is pretty foolproof.

Duckburg (5, Funny)

Sonny Yatsen (603655) | more than 3 years ago | (#33686440)

Did anyone else picture the Beagle Boys doing this when you read the article?

If only they had the glue. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33686496)

http://disneycomics.free.fr/Ducks/Barks/show.php?s=date&loc=1963/W_US_42-02

Read the article? (1)

dclozier (1002772) | more than 3 years ago | (#33686866)

You must be new here. ;)

Wow. (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33686448)

That sucks.

well, that blows (1)

FuckingNickName (1362625) | more than 3 years ago | (#33686452)

[prompt]

Re:well, that blows (1)

hsmith (818216) | more than 3 years ago | (#33686490)

no, it just sucks

Re:well, that blows (3, Insightful)

FuckingNickName (1362625) | more than 3 years ago | (#33686508)

What sucks enough must blow.

Similar to Mission Impossible (1, Redundant)

KDN (3283) | more than 3 years ago | (#33686474)

Sounds like an episode from the old Mission Impossible TV series. They drilled a big hole in the bottom of a safe and then vacuumed all the money out. I've always wondered if this would really work (Sounds like a request to Myth Busters) But now I know.

Re:Similar to Mission Impossible (1)

mapkinase (958129) | more than 3 years ago | (#33686512)

Amazing. I was just going to post a comment "movie is pending".

I wonder what type of vacuum cleaner they used. I would suggest a bagged one with filters removed.

Re:Similar to Mission Impossible (2, Funny)

bsDaemon (87307) | more than 3 years ago | (#33686610)

Well, nothing sucks like a VAX...

Re:Similar to Mission Impossible (1)

KDN (3283) | more than 3 years ago | (#33686810)

Can you imagine the commercials if its a Dyson? :-)

Re:Similar to Mission Impossible (1)

mapkinase (958129) | more than 3 years ago | (#33686950)

You can start the countdown, my friend. Besides obvious reenactment of the robberies, I can foresee juxtaposition "Make money at home by vacuuming" and "feel like Bonnie the Housewife".

This is why lo-tech will always prevail (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33686484)

n/a

beautifully done :) (1)

roman_mir (125474) | more than 3 years ago | (#33686504)

good stuff, excellent hack.

Of-course there should have been a one way flap valve probably with an electrical/timer lock there as well.

Security, it's a process, there is no one single thing that is a magic silver bullet that provides it...

Re:beautifully done :) (1)

netrage_is_bad (734782) | more than 3 years ago | (#33686614)

I would hope that someone is working on fixing this bug since they've been doing this for 4 years.

Re:beautifully done :) (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33686760)

Depends, how much does it cost to fix compared to leaving the exploit in the wild? Although after four years of active exploitation, the point of diminishing returns might be coming up.

Re:beautifully done :) (1)

jdoverholt (1229898) | more than 3 years ago | (#33687068)

The previously mentioned one-way flap valve seems like an inexpensive and effective retrofit. I was able to think of it in the several minutes between reading the summary and the comment by A/C [slashdot.org] earlier, I'm pretty sure I could have a deployable solution in less than four years.

Re:beautifully done :) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33687028)

Maybe the security system is open source? That would explain the lack of bugfix.

Re:beautifully done :) (4, Insightful)

TheLink (130905) | more than 3 years ago | (#33686792)

Perhaps it isn't hurting the supermarket enough.

The thieves have taken 4 years to suck up 500000 euros. That's 125000 per year.

Monoprix have more than 300 stores. If it costs more than 500 euros per store per year to install, maintain and support the extra security measures, it'll cost them more than the thieves are taking.

Monoprix might just be hoping that the police would eventually catch the thieves, and nobody else will copy them.

Will be a different thing if they shot or hurt people (since customers might stop going to their stores).

Lastly if the team has 3 members, assuming equal shares, each is only getting an average of about 40K per year. Not peanuts but definitely not a good way to get rich :).

In contrast, those infamous investment bankers and friends have certainly taken more than 40k/year each...

Re:beautifully done :) (1)

mapkinase (958129) | more than 3 years ago | (#33687120)

"
Lastly if the team has 3 members, assuming equal shares, each is only getting an average of about 40K per year. Not peanuts but definitely not a good way to get rich"

For some reason this brought to me a vivid image of a day trading soccer mom from Ramona.

Re:beautifully done :) (1)

Aladrin (926209) | more than 3 years ago | (#33687132)

15 stores in 4 years... That's about 4 jobs per year. 10,000 euros per job. I'm assuming it only takes a few hours, max, to do this, so 10,000 euros in only a few hours.

Yeah, you won't be a millionaire at that pace, but you have a LOT of free time in-between jobs.

Re:beautifully done :) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33687174)

40K Euros is about 55K dollars, depending on exchange rate. And it's tax free, so it's the equivalent with French taxes of earning about 85K Euros. And that's for 4 nights of work. Think of it as a very nice bonus to their regular day jobs.

Re:beautifully done :) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33687312)

True, but that is tax-free, and you have to add on the benefits they receive for having an official income of 0.

I would think an income of well in excess of €100k per year given all taxes and the value of social benefits, housing subsidy etc.

Re:beautifully done :) (4, Informative)

RabidMonkey (30447) | more than 3 years ago | (#33687500)

I have worked for a large retail chain, and I can whole-heartedly confirm this logic. They have a chain of over 1000 stores, and some of the costing that was done blew your mind.

Want to put a lock on the IT cabinet in each store? $100 per cabinet (buy the lock, pay the service guy to go in, train the store people to use the key/make duplicates). *1000 stores, and you're suddenly looking at a non-trivial amount of money for something that should be a simple, no brainer.

We saw similar things when we wanted to put a shelf in each cabinet to help organize the various little device that went in the cabinet. $200 per store ... forget it. Print labels to put on each piece of equipment to help the store identify it? $50 per store. Forget it.

It was a good experience ... we learned how to think in massive scale for every project, every little idea we had, but we also found it incredibly stifling. And thats why I *used* to work there.

Re:beautifully done :) (0, Troll)

Atrox Canis (1266568) | more than 3 years ago | (#33687918)

You may be on to something. And if you factor in the time to contract union labor in France, the limited available work hours due to union demands and the compensation requirements for said limited work hours. The store management may be secretly thanking the thieves for saving them money because of tax write-offs.

Well that sucks <EOM> (-1, Redundant)

Jonboy X (319895) | more than 3 years ago | (#33686520)

This text fulfills Slashdot's silly post length requirement.

time ot sue vacuum makers (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33686542)

after all like software that does p2p its the cause of them being able to steal cash....we need to regulate and make sure you have controls for the vacuums

Re:time ot sue vacuum makers (1)

noidentity (188756) | more than 3 years ago | (#33687804)

Maybe France needs a three sucks and you're out law. They could have an anonymous way to report infringing uses of your vacuum cleaner.

hold on your horses (1)

mapkinase (958129) | more than 3 years ago | (#33686618)

Re:hold on your horses (1)

jlf278 (1022347) | more than 3 years ago | (#33686676)

I think it's real news. it's on Sun, The Register, and Metro UK news websites.

Re:hold on your horses (1)

JasoninKS (1783390) | more than 3 years ago | (#33686886)

Perhaps, but real news outlets have picked up and ran with hoax stories before, posting them as real and never knowing the difference.

Re:hold on your horses (2, Informative)

thijsh (910751) | more than 3 years ago | (#33686830)

You are smart enough to use 'faux' to describe this news, but not to google on the French words: 'voleurs paris aspirateur'... For example the first link I found [google.com] .

Other than that: Nice try, It's good to check for faux news, but be sure not to make a faux pas youself. ;-)

Re:hold on your horses (1)

mapkinase (958129) | more than 3 years ago | (#33686914)

Sometimes whistleblower just blows :-)

Also, your link (while narrowed down to News only search) comes up with 24 articles (which is still lower than my fact threshold). Hardly "stuff that matters" anyway (well, I guess, hence "Idle" section).

Re:hold on your horses (1)

Stavr0 (35032) | more than 3 years ago | (#33686990)

Le gang à l’aspirateur dévalise les Monoprix [leparisien.fr]

I am reminded of Sam Lowry when he overloads the pneumatic system in the Information Retrieval department ...

Re:hold on your horses (1)

mapkinase (958129) | more than 3 years ago | (#33687300)

Looks like it is old news:

http://www.leparisien.fr/faits-divers/un-gang-de-cambrioleurs-devalise-les-monoprix-27-12-2009-757296.php [leparisien.fr]

That is why so few sources in News section

Thanks to one of the commenters in this thread (should be modded up, but I cannot locate it anymore)

Re:hold on your horses (1)

RKBA (622932) | more than 3 years ago | (#33687814)

Look at the search results for cambrioleurs aspirateur monoprix [google.com] .

Fool me once... (1)

McGregorMortis (536146) | more than 3 years ago | (#33686620)

They've been doing this for four years?

Re:Fool me once... (2, Funny)

Kenoli (934612) | more than 3 years ago | (#33686798)

Fool me... 15 times... :(

you would think after the second time (1)

FudRucker (866063) | more than 3 years ago | (#33686638)

the store's district managers would implement a fix, even an inexpensive low tech one like a one-way flapper type valve would put a stop to that

15 branches of the same store in Paris? (2, Funny)

macwhizkid (864124) | more than 3 years ago | (#33686664)

Are they living in a vacuum? How many times do you have to get suckered before you change your system? Their business must really be going down the tubes. It blows me away.

(I'm just cleaning up today... :)

Re:15 branches of the same store in Paris? (1, Funny)

arndawg (1468629) | more than 3 years ago | (#33686702)

They're French. It's in their nature to lose stuff.

Re:15 branches of the same store in Paris? (3, Funny)

cmiller173 (641510) | more than 3 years ago | (#33686772)

So your saying the store simply surrendered?

Re:15 branches of the same store in Paris? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33687180)

I was going to reply "I'm French, you insensitive clod", but decided to give up.

Why don't they store the cash in nylon bags? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33686682)

If the cash was put in a tough zipper bag this vulnerability would be closed at a cost of about $50.

Very amusing little scheme, but doesn't compare to the US where the bankers took $2T from the government to bail out their Ponzi scheme, and won't say where it went...

Re:Why don't they store the cash in nylon bags? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33686834)

The cash is sent to the Safe the same way it is sucked out - though the pipe. I don't know if the pipe transport is with positive pressure or a vacuum, but in either case I don't see how a nylon bag would prevent sucking it back out.

I'd fix this with spring-loaded Umbrella-like containers for the money - hold down the umbrella/rods/hooks carefully when inserting the money in the pipe, it unfolds automatically when it drops into the safe. Alternatively, use a cheap wind up mechanism that extends after a few minutes, hopefully after it has arrived in the safe.

HADOPI (4, Insightful)

srussia (884021) | more than 3 years ago | (#33686706)

That's 15 times already that they've connected to the intertubes to illegally download stuff. HADOPI should have sent out 5 cut-off orders already. Oh wait, they are actually stealing real stuff? Carry on then.

Valve (1)

bjorniac (836863) | more than 3 years ago | (#33686752)

Couldn't this be solved by putting a simple valve into the pneumatic tubes just above the safe?

Blame the idiots at the wheel (1)

suman28 (558822) | more than 3 years ago | (#33686774)

This doesn't sound like a case of smart criminals, but dumb executives at the head of the supermarket. If this has been going on for four years, why hasn't the company done something to fix the weak link in the chain to begin with? Serves them right for ignoring or not addressing the problem in the first place.

This isn't new (4, Informative)

Nuskrad (740518) | more than 3 years ago | (#33686802)

Thieves have attempted this approach for as long as this type of cash delivery system has existed, and consequently there are numerous security measures to prevent it. The ceiling space that contains the tubes is usually protected by motion sensors, the cash delivery system usually has some form of intrusion countermeasure that would detect a change in pressure, and the most simple method is a timer system that detects whether the money is received in the strong room N seconds after it's sent by the cashier, triggering an alarm if not.

It seems that for whatever reason this chain of stores hadn't implemented the basic security measures, or they were ineffective, probably due to human error (i.e. forgetting to set the alarm in the roofspace).

Re:This isn't new (2, Insightful)

interval1066 (668936) | more than 3 years ago | (#33687480)

"It seems that for whatever reason this chain of stores hadn't implemented the basic security measures, or they were ineffective, probably due to human error (i.e. forgetting to set the alarm in the roofspace)."

Forgetting to set the alarm on 15 different "Monoprix" (whatever that is) stores? No, there was a fundamental design flaw in the system. They didn't implement a basic security measure, ie; installing a simple, one-way baffle or hatch that would allow the money to enter the strong room but not leave it, at least through the pneumatic tube system, was all that would have been required. Good allegory on security in the digital age; your only as strong as your weakest point. Usually its the system architect. I wonder if Monoprix had had this cash delivery system peer reviewed if it would have still passed into general use.

Sounds like (1)

twoears (1514043) | more than 3 years ago | (#33686894)

Sounds like my ex.

At least they have a lead... (1)

Ecuador (740021) | more than 3 years ago | (#33686958)

They were caught on CCTV but were all wearing balaclavas and could not be identified, the spokesman said.

So I guess they are concentrating on skiers, motocross riders and ninjas. It will be very tough to apprehend them though if they are ninjas...

On another note, who would design a safe with a hole??? Wouldn't that by definition disqualify it from being called a "safe"??? At least they could make the hole one-way (very simple mechanisms for that)...

Well someone's got to say it: (1)

Chrisq (894406) | more than 3 years ago | (#33687330)

Well someone's got to say it:

A gang of thieves armed with a powerful vacuum cleaner that sucks cash from supermarket safes has struck for the fifteenth time in France.

That sucks!

Operation Vacu-Suck! (1)

Zen-Mind (699854) | more than 3 years ago | (#33687332)

I'm really disappointed guys, nobody made any references to Spaceball [youtube.com] yet...

Lewinskied Again (1)

hyades1 (1149581) | more than 3 years ago | (#33687398)

"...the gang - dubbed the Vacuum Burglars - always raid Monoprix supermarkets...

Something that sucks for money and a store called "Monoprix"? The jokes pretty much write themselves.

It will suck if they get caught.... (1)

realsilly (186931) | more than 3 years ago | (#33687564)

... just a little vaccuum humor. /sorry

Domestic thievery (1)

hey! (33014) | more than 3 years ago | (#33687676)

Sure you can vacuum up the money, but how do you launder it afterward?

overestimate (1)

Jodka (520060) | more than 3 years ago | (#33687836)

they have stolen more than 500,000 euros and caused damage to alarm systems and other property totalling thousands more

Because the alarm systems are clearly worthless the cost of the damage to them must be $0.00 at most.

One-way check valvle? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33687996)

Why not install a check valve at the safe? It should be just a simple trap-door, and very inexpensive or should I say très peu coûteux!

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