RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – A large gang of heavily armed bank robbers broke into the Brazilian city of Cameta one day after a similar force reached another medium-sized city on the other side of the country, holding residents hostage when a bank was looted.
The public security secretariat of the para state said in a statement on Wednesday that more than 20 assault rifle criminals had attacked the state-owned Brazilian Brazil branch in the Amazon region overnight.
Neither the bank nor the officials immediately told me how much money they could have stolen.
The video, seen on social media, showed roughly a dozen hostages being driven from Cameta Square, a city of 140,000 inhabitants, and shots rang in the night. Local media reported that a military police station was attacked, preventing officers from responding.
“They led the police and the houses around. It was a horrible scene to see, ”said nearby Junior Gaia in an interview with the Globo News television network. “They all laid on the ground, we were afraid they would break into homes.
The coordinated attack came a day after a Bank of Brazil branch in the southern region of Brazil was robbed during a similar night. In the town of Criciuma, dozens of gunmen occupied the city and hostages were taken while a bank was robbed with explosives.
As in Cameta, measures were taken to prevent the police from responding and shots were fired into the air, apparently to scare people and keep them at home.
The robberies took place in early December, when the bank’s coffers are filled with the expectation that employees will withdraw their year-end premium, says Cássio Thyone, a board member of the Brazilian Public Security Nonprofit Forum. Many Brazilians receive an extra monthly salary paid in December, called the 13th salary.
“It doesn’t happen without planning,” Thyone told the Associated Press over the phone. “It’s another demonstration that everything has been planned.” They think about location and timing.
The Bank of Brazil said it was cooperating with police investigations and has not yet begun to assess the structural damage to its account. Pictures published by G1 online media showed the facade being inflated and shards of glass covering the ground.
In Cameta, tactical forces as well as police from other areas were sent to reinforce the police. According to the security secretariat, authorities found the abandoned truck of the criminals and found explosives in it.
Two people were shot, including a hostage, a young man who was killed. He was hospitalized with the other leg.
Waldoli Valente, the mayor of Cameta, expressed his condolences for the victim on Facebook.
“Our city has always been peaceful and I ask everyone to stay home,” he announced Wednesday at around 2 p.m. ___ AP writer Marcelo Silva de Sousa contributed to the report