Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Crime Strikes in Monaco
Monaco is widely known for its safety and security with the highest ratio of police-per person of any country in the world. This was particularly emphasized by the late Prince Rainier III who was determined to keep organized crime from establishing a foothold in his country. However, Monaco is not immune to crime and yesterday seven men, described as looking like Central Americans, robbed the Credit Foncier Monaco bank on Port Hercules. The bandits got away with 100,000 euros after creating a distraction during which time two of the men jumped behind the counter to grab the cash. The thieves sped off in a blue saloon getaway car which was later found abandoned in Larvotto. Police and security forces immediately shut down the border, blockaded the harbor and began a thorough search of nearbye garages, garbage bins and so on to see if the money had been stashed somewhere but to no avail. The bank is the oldest in Monaco (founded in 1922) and has been a longtime sponsor of the Monte Carlo ballet.