Nation: Robbing the Red Baron

Master thieves make off with a record $5 million in cash

The Lufthansa Airlines cargo facility at New York's Kennedy International Airport is called one of the safest in the world. The "valuable room," a white brick structure about one story high, is rigged with electronic alarms and monitored 24 hours a day by closed-circuit television. Yet last week six masked men, acting with speed and daring worthy of Lufthansa's own Red Baron, broke through this security to pull off the biggest cash robbery ever in U.S. history.

Lying in the vault were about 50 Ibs. of paper money from the Commerzbank of...

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