3 – The Vacuum Gang
Armed with just a drill and a modified vacuum cleaner, the Vacuum Gang or the “gang a l’aspirateur” has robbed 15 supermarket chains in France.
French supermarkets, specifically Monoprix supermarkets, use a vulnerable type of system for channelling funds into their safes. Cashiers use pneumatic suction pipes where they slide their money into the safe; the gang simply drilled a hole in the pipe that was near the trunk and connected a powerful vacuum cleaner to capture the money.
The Vacuum Gang’s series of heists has totalled a haul of nearly 600,000 Euros since 2006.