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Gaping hole found in storage facility where cunning thieves made off with £24M in cash

A gaping hole with debris can be seen next to the storage facility where brazen thieves made out with £35 million on Sunday.

Video from the GardaWorld facility shows a wooden board propped up with sticks against a wall on the side of the building.

The opening on the side of the building is raising eyebrows as the break-in is labelled one of the largest cash heists in the history of Los Angeles, California.

The thieves got in through the roof and didn’t set off any alarms, investigators say.

“$30 million in the Valley, gone. How? Why?” asked one employee in an interview with KABC.

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The employee added: “I’m still trying to process it. Was it an inside job? Was it just one person? Was it a group? You know, there’s a lot of questions.”

The facility stores cash from businesses around the region.

The culprits broke in through the roof on Easter Sunday night, sources told the LA Times, and the raid was not discovered until the vault was opened again the next day.

The facility is in the Sylmar area of the San Fernando Valley, used to store and handle cash from local businesses. Very few people would have known about the large amounts of cash being stored there, the LA Times reported.

An FBI spokeswoman confirmed on Wednesday night that both the agency and the LAPD are actively investigating the theft.

The timing of the burglary draws comparisons with London’s infamous Hatton Garden heist, which also happened over the Easter weekend in 2015 – apparently to avoid detection as nearby businesses were closed.

The LA raid also comes about two years after 22 bags of jewels and valuables worth up to $100m (£79m) were stolen from a truck about 40 miles north of LA on Interstate 5.

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