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Gang rents entire hotel, spends month digging tunnel to oil pipeline

By T.K. Randall
May 13, 2023 · Comment icon 4 comments

The plan was to sell the oil at local gas stations. Image Credit: Pixabay / MabelAmber
The group of thieves had intended to steal and sell the oil by digging directly to the pipeline using primitive tools.
We've heard of several heists over the years that have involved tunneling into bank vaults, but this is the first time we've heard about anyone attempting to dig their way to an oil pipeline.

According to reports, the gang had rented out an entire hotel in Cheongju, South Korea so that they could use it as a base of operations from which to tunnel under the ground.

They then spent the next month carefully digging out a tunnel, one section at a time, using little more than spades and pickaxes in an effort to make as little noise as possible.
The entire thing was masterminded by a former employee of the Daehan Oil Pipeline Corporation who had previously been fired from his job for attempting to steal oil from a different pipeline.

Sadly for the thieves, however, the entire scheme was thwarted when the police raided the building.

The gang had managed to tunnel to within a mere 30 centimeters of their goal.

Source: Oddity Central | Comments (4)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by CrimsonKing 17 days ago
Now that's a man dedicated to his profession! Hell don't arrest him,give him a lifetime achievement award 
Comment icon #2 Posted by Inn Spectre 17 days ago
It doesn't explain properly how they were nailed. Here it says the police were tipped-off, but not by whom.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Skulduggery 16 days ago
It seems to me that a group of people renting an entire hotel would raise suspicion.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Cho Jinn 15 days ago
The Big Guy must not have gotten his 10%!

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