Thieves in Los Angeles steal $45 million from vault in Easter heist, leave without a trace — cops have no idea how they did it

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Hopefully, this cash can be resurrected.

In a heist of Biblical proportions, thieves pilfered about $US30 million ($A45.5m) cash from a Los Angeles vault on Easter Sunday – and no one even noticed the empty vault until the next morning.

The burglary took place Sunday night at the GardaWorld facility in Sylmar, north of LA, which handles cash for several businesses in the area, sources told the city’s ABCEyewitness News.

The thieves were so stealthy that the safe showed no signs of a break-in from the outside – and the operators of the business were none the wiser until they opened it on Monday, theLos Angeles Times said.

The thieves accessed the facility through the roof and managed to avoid setting off any alarms when they got into the money storage area, officials familiar with the investigation told Eyewitness News.

Footage of the facility on Wednesday showed what appeared to be a gaping hole on the side of the building with a pile of debris next to it – though it was unclear if that damage stemmed from the break-in, the outlet said.

Very few people would have known how much cash was stored at the nondescript facility, the LA Times noted.

The elaborate scheme was likely executed by a seasoned crew of burglars, sources told the paper.

The heist is one of the largest in Los Angeles history and also outpaced all of the region’s armoured-car thefts, Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Commander Elaine Morales confirmed to the outlet.

As of Thursday, the incident is under investigation by both the police and the FBI.

The LAPD and the GardaWorld facility did not immediately return theNew York Post’s request for comment.

The Easter Sunday theft comes nearly two years after up to $150 million in jewels and other valuables were taken from an armoured vehicle at a truck stop.

The thieves stuffed 20 large bags full of gems during the 27-minute robbery that took place during the driver’s nap and meal break.

That crime remains unsolved.

This story was published in the New York Post and is reproduced with permission.