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Russian man digs 65-yard tunnel to tap oil pipeline

By Bloomberg News

MOSCOW - A Russian man spent three years digging a 65-yard tunnel to steal oil from a pipeline in the Novosibirsk region of Siberia, the local branch of the Interior Ministry said.

The man, 52, stole about 30 metric tons of crude (220 barrels) over the past three months via the tunnel, which he dug after work and on weekends, according to a video interview police posted on the ministry's website.

The man, who wasn't identified, said his earnings from the scheme didn't justify his investment. Total damages to OAO Transneft, Russia's pipeline operator and owner of the trunk line, reached $16,000, the ministry said.


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