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Brazil thieves steal $6m during football season finale


The robbers were tunnelling for weeks

Thieves in Brazil have stolen more than $6m (£3.7m) from a cash delivery firm, taking advantage of the nation's passion for football, police say.

Police believe the thieves - who had dug a tunnel into the firm's building - struck when season-ending matches were played in Sao Paulo on Sunday.

A security guard later told local media he had heard a loud noise but thought it was fireworks lit by fans.

The theft was only discovered on Sunday evening - after the matches had ended.

Sao Paulo police allege the thieves rented a house in the area about four months ago and then painstakingly dug a 100m-long (110 yards) tunnel to the office of the company.

Officers believe they struck late on Sunday afternoon - as millions of people across Brazil were watching the football season's finale.

Firefighters later inspected the tunnel and found abandoned maps and tools, the police said.

During their stay in the house, the thieves disguised themselves as residents, even putting a Christmas tree in the window, the Globo website reported.

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