German robbers destroy bank but fail to get cash

Wed May 26, 2010 1:09pm EDT
 
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BERLIN (Reuters Life!) - Would-be robbers in Germany had to flee empty handed after blowing up everything in a bank except for where the money was, police said on Wednesday.

Photos in German media showed a scene of devastation in the northeastern village of Malliss, with the bank reduced to a pile of rubble and its roof completely obliterated. Amid the wreckage, only the cash machine could be seen intact.

"The explosion was so big, they had to run away without the money," said local police spokesman Niels Borgmann. "Something evidently didn't work the way the robbers wanted it to."

Cars and buildings in a radius of up to 100 meters were damaged in the night time explosion, though no one was injured.

Police are searching for the suspected robbers.

(Reporting by Christopher Lawton, editing by Paul Casciato)