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Masked men abduct guard, steal cash and valuables from Tel Aviv vault

Thieves hold security officer in complex’s basement while others break into dozens of safes

Safes inside the Ruthenium vault complex in Tel Aviv, after a break-in, on December 30, 2021. (Screenshot: Channel 13)
Safes inside the Ruthenium vault complex in Tel Aviv, after a break-in, on December 30, 2021. (Screenshot: Channel 13)

Masked men broke into a vault complex in Tel Aviv on Thursday night, briefly abducting the guard and stealing cash and valuables from dozens of safes.

According to Hebrew-language media reports Friday, the masked robbers forced the security guard into the building’s basement and warned him: “Do not mess with us, we did not come to hurt you. Be quiet and you will stay alive. If you won’t be quiet, we will hurt you.”

While one watched over the guard, the other robbers broke into dozens of safes and fled the scene with cash and valuables, reports said.

Police are reportedly reviewing security camera footage from around the complex, but have no immediate suspects. So far, only the security guard has given testimony.

According to Channel 12 news, the men apparently knew the compound and its security plans well, which made the robbery easier for them.

The company operating the vault, Ruthenium, says on its website that it offers “safes in a luxurious room, secured with the highest level of security that currently exists in Israel.”

There was no immediate official statement from police on the matter.

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