When your morning newspaper reads like a hackneyed 50s comic book plot device (UPDATED)


Last night, Venezuela’s new National Police’s headquarters building was robbed. A gang of sixteen used a blowtorch to extract Bs.120,000 ($10,000-55,000, depending on the exchange rate you prefer) from the ATM of a bank branch housed within the Police headquarters building itself.

The building – the storied, retrofuturistic Helicoide – is in the process of being transferred from the old Secret Police (known as DISIP, though recently renamed SEBIN) to the new National Police. Neither was able to catch the robbers.