BERLIN (January 14, 2013)--Robbers dug a 100-foot tunnel into the safe deposit room of a Berlin bank and escaped with their haul, setting a fire as they left to cover their tracks, police said.
Berlin police spokesman Thomas Neuendorf said the tunnel led from an underground garage into the bank's safe deposit room.
Neuendorf told The Associated Press Monday that the tunnel was "very professional" and must have taken weeks or even months to complete.
It was elaborately constructed and even had ceiling supports, he said.
Police were alerted to the break-in early Monday when a security guard noticed smoke coming from the deposit room.
He says police were trying to determine what valuables were stolen from the deposit boxes.