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Gang Steals $4.3M From St. Petersburg Bank

Published: February 14, 2014 (Issue # 1797)




  • Photo: Maxim Blinov / © RIA Novosti.

Four masked thieves made off with $4.3 million from a bank in St. Petersburg after beating up a security guard and stealing the keys to the vault, police said Thursday.

Police cited the lender’s chief security specialist as saying the guard at a branch of Russky Standard Bank was found handcuffed at about 11 a.m. on Wednesday with 150 million rubles missing from the vault.

Robbers Get Away From Bank With 10M Rubles

The guard told police the robbers attacked him while he was patrolling the bank’s premises on Tuesday night, and beat and bound him before stuffing him into a car.

After driving around the city for 15 minutes, the gang returned to the bank and pepper-sprayed the guard in the face before stealing his keys to the vault and locking him inside the bathroom, police said.

The Interior Ministry said the guard has been hospitalized and that the robbery was filmed on the bank’s surveillance cameras.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Friday, Aug. 1


Bikers from all around the world will gather to take part in a parade, extreme shows and rock concerts during the International Biker Festival that revs its engines today and runs through Aug. 3 near Olgino Hotel, 4/2 Primorskogo Shosse.


The Peter and Paul Fortress will be turned into an open-air cinema today and tomorrow as part of the 5th International Short and Animation Film Festival. A huge screen across the fortress walls will air short films non-stop with board games, photo sessions and other activities also on offer for visitors. For more information, visit www.opencinemafest.ru



Saturday, Aug. 2


Gatchina Palace Park Museum will host its second annual Night of Light, an impressive audio-visual show across the night sky. Tickets are 600 rubles ($16).


If graphic design is more your thing then check out Illustration Day, where you will be able to visit an exhibition, attend lectures by professionals and even show experts some of your own work. The event starts at noon at Zona Deystvia, 73 Ligovsky Prospekt. The entrance fee is 350 rubles ($10).



Sunday, Aug. 3


History lovers shouldn’t miss the chance to see reenactments of World War I battles in Pushkin at noon. Besides exciting war scenes, visitors can enjoy live music, historical costumes, an equestrian show and a fancy-dress parade starting from the Moscow gates.


Garage Sale, the popular and growing flea market where nothing is priced over 500 rubles ($14.11), starts today at noon in Loft-Project Etagi, 74 Ligovsky Prospekt. Be sure to get in early to score a bargain. Entry costs 50 rubles ($1.40)



Monday, Aug. 4


Continue the working week with a calm and steady mind with a free yoga lesson at 7 p.m. in the Bukvoyed store at 23A Vladimirsky Prospekt.



Tuesday, Aug. 5


Visit The Romanov Dynasty doll exhibition today, where more than fifty porcelain dolls depicting Russian rulers, and made by Olina Ventzel, will be on show. The exhibition continues through Aug. 31 in Sheremetyev Palace, 34 Fontanka Naberezhnaya.



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