Gang carries out microchip airport heist

A criminal gang carried out a spectacular heist Monday in one of Brazil’s main airports and fled the site with a load of microchips reportedly worth at least 2 million dollars.

Airport authorities confirmed that a gang stormed Viracopos International Airport in Campinas about 100 kilometres north-west of Sao Paulo in the early hours of Monday. They remained in the freight area for about four minutes before fleeing with the computer hardware.

No one was injured in the heist, which was under investigation. The police were trying to identify the thieves from airport security camera footage.

The Brazilian news website G1 reported that, without firing a single shot, the heavily armed thieves stole four boxes of data-processor chips worth at least 2 million dollars.

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