- By Bobby PierceBobby Pierce is an editorial researcher at Foreign Policy.
Thieves in Brazil made off with nearly $6 million in a heist that demonstrated the unbelievable distracting power of soccer in the country.
The looters rented a house near a cash delivery firm, put up Christmas decorations to make the operation look legitimate, and then started digging a 110-yard-long tunnel under the building. Then they waited. Last Sunday, during the 39th Brazilian soccer championship, they blew the floor out of the building and plundered the riches.
The security guard on duty didn’t suspect a thing. He thought the thuds and bangs he heard were people celebrating Flamengo’s victory with fireworks. As of now, the thieves have gotten away with a perfect heist.
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