A group of thieves in South Korea were arrested after they were caught digging a tunnel to an oil pipeline. The gang had rented out an entire hotel in Cheongju, South Korea, and spent the next month carefully digging out the tunnel using little more than spades and pickaxes. They were just 30 centimeters away from their goal when the police raided the building.
The heist was masterminded by a former employee of the Daehan Oil Pipeline Corporation who had previously been fired from his job for attempting to steal oil from a different pipeline. He recruited a group of accomplices and together they rented the hotel room. They then began digging the tunnel, working day and night to avoid detection.
The police were tipped off about the heist by a hotel employee who overheard the thieves talking about their plans. The police raided the hotel room and arrested the gang. They also seized a large quantity of tools and equipment that the thieves had used to dig the tunnel.
The thieves are facing charges of attempted theft and trespassing and could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.