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Thieves leave loot in getaway car in Spain
Posted 2/24/2012 4:09 PM ET
MADRID (AP) — There's nothing like a flat tire to ruin a carefully planned heist.

Spanish police say hooded thieves crashed a van into a courier service warehouse vault and made off with sacks of valuables on Thursday. They then fled in a waiting Audi, but crashed into another car as they merged onto a Madrid highway.

That caused the flat.

The four thieves carjacked another vehicle at gunpoint. No one was hurt and the thieves got away — but left most of their booty in the back seat of the damaged Audi.

The courier service SEUR said the stolen goods were things of "special value" worth no more than €50,000 ($67,000), although Spanish newspapers said the amount was much higher. El Mundo said the loot included diamonds and Rolex watches.

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Posted 2/24/2012 4:09 PM ET

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