RECORD BANK ROBBERY IN BRAZIL

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Bank robbers in Brazil have stolen over 88 million US dollars from a branch of the country’s Central Bank. The gang of thieves tunneled 80 meters into the bank from a rented house several streets away. It took three months of digging. They strengthened the tunnel walls with wood and plastic and installed electric lighting. Neighbors reported nothing suspicious about the occupants of the house. They had no idea a tunnel was being excavated. A truck arrived every day, which was loaded with dozens of large plastic bags and then driven away.

Embarrassed bank officials admitted that the heist was Brazil’s largest ever. It had taken place over the weekend and was discovered by bank workers on Monday morning. Most of the money was in small bills and is virtually impossible to trace. A Central Bank spokesperson reported that the bank had the most up-to-date alarm systems, complete with motion sensors. He also said the vault was encased in two-meter-thick concrete and steel. The bank will now immediately review its security systems at all branches to avoid any copycat robberies.
 

1. TRUE / FALSE: Look at the article’s headline and guess whether these sentences are true (T) or false (F):
 

a.

A $100 million bank robbery has taken place in Brazil.

T / F

b.

Thieves tunneled 80 meters to get into the bank vault.

T / F

c.

The tunnel had electric lighting and air-conditioning.

T / F

d.

Neighbors saw trucks drive away with plastic bags full of cash.

T / F

e.

Bank officials were red faced over the heist.

T / F

f.

The money was in high value bills and will be easy to trace.

T / F

g.

The bank branch had poor security systems.

T / F

h.

A bank official said the bank must prevent copycat robberies.

T / F


 

bank robber

bankrabló

copycat

utánozós

dozen

tucat

electric lighting

elektromos világítás

embarrassed

zavarban van

encased

tokba zárva lenni

heist

bankrablás

neighbour

szomszéd

occupant

bérlő, lakó

plastic

műanyag

rented house

bérelt ház

spokesperson

szóvivő

steel

acél

suspicious

gyanúsan, gyanakodva

thief, thieves

tolvaj, tolvajok

to avoid

elkerül

to be loaded with sth

valamivel felpakolva lenni

to dig

ásni

to discover

felfedez

to install

bevezet

to report

bejelent

to review

átnéz

to steal, stole, stolen

lopni

to strengthen

megerősíteni

to trace

nyomon követ

to tunnel

alagutat ásni

truck

teherautó, kamion

up-to-date

modern

vault

széf

virtually

látszólag, gyakorlatilag

wood

fa anyag

 

Answers: a-f, b-t, c-f, d-f, e-t, f-f, g-f, h-t

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