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dateline: 13 April 2016

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Bank Robbers in Tinfoil Suits Caught on Camera

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • clean getaway: an escape without getting caught
  • camouflage: clothing that disguises or hides a person
  • surveillance system: cameras that observe an area for security purposes
  • safe: a container for locking up valuable items such as cash
  • accomplice: a partner in a crime
  • spot: to suddenly see something
  • squad car: a police car

Bank Robbers in Tinfoil Suits Caught on Camera

Two bank robbers in southern Brazil made a clean getaway after to rob a bank in tinfoil suits. The camouflage suits may have sensor alarms from going off; however, the bank’s surveillance system caught the robbers crawling around near the bank’s main safe. The robbers the scene before police arrived, leading authorities to believe that accomplices on the spotted a squad car.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Where did the attempted robbery take place?
  2. What did the robbers wear as a form of camouflage?
  3. According to authorities, how did the robbers likely make their clean getaway?

Discussion Questions: The word “foil” can also be used as a verb meaning to prevent from being successful. What do banks do to prevent bank robberies in your country? What do people do to protect their private homes and property? How could you rewrite the headline for this story using the verb “foil”?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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