Authorities discover tunnel leading to bank from wooded area, Federal Bureau of Investigation says

Cheryl Sanders
February 2, 2019

A mystery tunnel leading to a bank was discovered by Florida public works employees who were dispatched to fix a sinkhole in the road.

Federal Bureau of Investigation spokesman Mike Leverock said officials were notified on January 29 after a motorist reported what looked like a sinkhole in the street.

"I would like to say I saw something like this in the movies", FBI Special Agent Michael Leverock told reporters Wednesday, per CNN.

Once on scene, workers discovered a power cord inside the hole and determined that it was a tunnel.

The tunnel was near a wooded area south of the bank, which is in a shopping complex across the street from the tunnel's entrance. The tunnel led under the road toward the bank, a distance of about 50 yards (45 metres) and it was only about 2 feet (60 centimetres) wide.

The FBI said in a tweet that it was treating the case as an "attempted bank burglary". "They're heading toward the ATM, I don't think they were doing that for any other reason", Leverock said.

Investigators believe the tunnel was dug by hand, according to AP.

The FBI tapped the Palm Beach County Sherrif's Office's K9 unit to send a dog into portions of the tunnel to make sure no one was inside and no one was found.

Inside the tunnel, police found a pair of muddy boots, a small homemade ladder and stool, digging tools and a small Honda generator.

There was no robbery at the bank, no arrests had been made and no suspects were immediately identified.

But they do know the objective: To rob the Chase Bank on S. Flamingo Road in Pembroke Pines, Florida. "This was not an overnight thing", Leverock said. "We don't know who is behind this, at this time".

The tunnel reportedly stretches fifty feet under a road. They could have been here a week ago, last night, we don't know.

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