Thieves carried out what appears to be a movie-script-perfect robbery of a bank in Sydney, Australia late on Friday morning, using two stolen high-performance vehicles in the process.

At around 11:15 AM local time, in near mid-day light, reports say that two men in masks smashed into the side of a Westpac bank in a confirmed-stolen black Porsche Cayenne. The perpetrators were armed with sledgehammers according to witness reports, and took only about five minutes to take what they were after inside of the bank.

The rapid getaway was executed in a Subaru WRX, also confirmed as a stolen vehicle, while witnesses snapped camera phone images of the illicit goings on. One Twitter user posted a few of the images to his social media feed; you can take a look at them in our small gallery below. Follow on down for the full video report, from The Sydney Morning Herald.


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      CruzControl
      • 1 Year Ago
      Love their choice of cars...stolen or not lol.
      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      Movie script is right, sounds like some Fast and Furious scene.
        r67bennett
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Cruising
        These robbers are street racers! move along pizza boy. lol Ronald Bennett Sri-Lanka
      breakfastburrito
      • 1 Year Ago
      Cayenne to smash into walls with, and a WRX to escape in... Pays to be smart.
        icemilkcoffee
        • 1 Year Ago
        @breakfastburrito
        Sounds like the thieves know exactly what each of these cars is good for.
      Hazdaz
      • 1 Year Ago
      With the way criminals are these days, chances are they themselves will post YouTube videos of them committing this crime by the end of the week.
      jebibudala
      • 1 Year Ago
      There's only one way to prevent this from happening in the future. 1. Ban sledgehammers. 2. Pass a law to make vehicle theft illegal. 3. Make it a serious crime to rob a bank. Problem solved.
      SloopJohnB
      • 1 Year Ago
      Typical...since Australia essentially banned guns. Try this in Richmond, VA! Might get shot!
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SloopJohnB
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        dandatrk
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        Crime rate in Australia is nothing compared to the good old US of A.... http://www.bocsar.nsw.gov.au/Lawlink/bocsar/ll_bocsar.nsf/pages/bocsar_mr_rcs_jun13 http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/va/richmond/crime/
        thatGuy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        Heck go to the local public library, attend colleague classes or go to a cinema in Richamond, VA and you might get shot. Sydney has 20x the population of Richmond, VA. That is 20x, who's the retard now. If you checked violent crime in towns that size in Australia it is quite low. Also I doubt you'd be brave/stupid enough to engage a couple of robbers in a gun fight in the middle of a city, especially if guns were common (ie. they'd likely be carrying automatic weapons and bullet proof vests). Sure if you're lucky you might prevent tens of thousand of dollars being stolen but several people would be injured or dead and they'd still be $100k in property damage.
        Bernard
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        A gun to fight a clumsy sledgehammer? A black belt with a broomstick could have mopped the floor with him...
        Christopher Williams
        @SloopJohnB
        Except then the criminals could have anything from shotguns to AKs. :P
      Ducman69
      • 1 Year Ago
      Criminals being criminals on a penal colony? I don't understand how this is news.
      paulee304
      • 1 Year Ago
      might be in australia but these guys wont be aussies more likely to be middle eastern they have very well connected crime links all over the country but are very big in sydney nsw etc
        Elboss
        • 1 Year Ago
        @paulee304
        Don\'t you think that claim of yours is just plain stupid !! aren\'t you Aussies an ex-convects at heart and as per history !! don\'t you think that makes them more eligible to be Aussies rather than middle eastern !! did you not notice the body build ?? is that size common to middle eastern ... Retard
          Narom
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Elboss
          What has transport heat through convection got to do with it?
          Gary89
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Elboss
          Firstly, while Australia was a convict settlement, it was for only about 100 years and only about 100,000 were convicts and Australia was mostly colonised by free settlers. Secondly, paulee304 does have a point as Sydney does have a big problem with Middle Eastern gangs who are usually the culprits of these sort of crimes. Australia doesn't have a gun culture problem but you would think otherwise on the streets of western Sydney with the number of drive by shootings between gang members. There was two last night. So you are the one who is stupid, as you obviously have no idea of the criminal activity that occurs in Sydney. In regards to the "body build", yes I would say that is the common size. They enjoy the gym very much.
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          @Elboss
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          @Elboss
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        Radwon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @paulee304
        If you live in Oz, you'd be inclined to think he's right. We're not so sensitive or externally PC - thinking it but saying the opposite because we want to appear socially conscience or sympathetic to bad behaviour.
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        Stuart Anderson
        • 1 Year Ago
        idk I would say 50k in one day is pretty damn good
        Dayv
        • 1 Year Ago
        A whole lot of people can't find a legit job making them 50k in two or three years, let alone one. Anyway, nobody ever implied criminals were making the best life decisions.
        breakfastburrito
        • 1 Year Ago
        I don't get why people who aren't smart, try to post comments sounding like they've got it all figured out, when they haven't got it all figured out. I don't understand how $100k divided 3 ways is $50k? I don't understand how $33,000.00 for 2 hours work sounds like failure? I DON'T GET IT!!!??
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          @breakfastburrito
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        Bernard
        • 1 Year Ago
        If they are desperate enough none of that will matter. They were probably ready to put their lives on the line to get the money.
      eeenok
      • 1 Year Ago
      the only way to stop a bad guy with a WRX is to give WRXs to all the good guys
        Beamer
        • 1 Year Ago
        @eeenok
        They do have WRXs and along with V8 Holden Commodores and turbo charged Ford Falcons. This is pretty much standard with the police forces across Australia. However, unless police were on the scene at the when the suspects were still there then even having the fastest car isn't gonna catch them, would it.
          butt face
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Beamer
          He's making fun of "the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun"
      over9000
      • 1 Year Ago
      Shouldn't be hard to find a blue WRX considering they aren't selling well
        Beamer
        • 1 Year Ago
        @over9000
        They're pretty common in Australia, more common than the STi version. It would've been dumped for an another car not long after the get away I'm sure, they wouldn't stupid enough to drive home in it.
      Beamer
      • 1 Year Ago
      "...early on Friday morning... At around 11:15 AM local time, in near mid-day light" Confused as to when it happened.
        Gary89
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Beamer
        Yep. It was big news here in Australia as for one, bank robberies are very rare and two, it was in the middle of the day literally in the middle of Sydney CBD (Downtown). I find it crazy how and why these guys chose a bank right in the middle of the CBD with the amount of other branches they could have chosen to rob in the suburbs with an easier getaway. Don't know how they would have easily escaped in Sydney traffic (which is horrendous btw). Crazy
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