Video Blog: Bank Robbery in Tirana

Walking around Tirana one beautiful afternoon, minding my own business and not suspecting anything evil, I spotted these armed men in front of a bank.

bank robbery 1

bank robbery 2

Quite obviously, a bank robbery was in progress. In broad daylight. On the main boulevard of Tirana. Millions of Albanians who had invested their savings in solid pyramid schemes were about to lose everything. And no superhero was around to stop the robbery.

Always quick to analyze any situation and keeping a cool head despite the danger, I realized that I had three options:

  • I could call the police. Except that I didn’t know their number.
  • I could stop the bank robbery myself. Except that I hadn’t eaten anything yet that day and therefore didn’t have much energy.
  • I could film it to provide you with a good story.

So I ducked behind a car, still staying as close to the action as I could, and filmed the ensuing shootout:

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UPDATE: Two weeks later I read in the newspaper that $ 7 million were stolen in the heist. Now I wish I would have attempted to prevent the crime. The reward money probably would have been enough to live in Albania for a whole year.

Tirana Times bank heist

(Diesen Exklusivbericht gibt es natürlich auch auf Deutsch.)

About Andreas Moser

Travelling the world and writing about it. I have degrees in law and philosophy, but I'd much rather be a writer, a spy or a hobo.
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7 Responses to Video Blog: Bank Robbery in Tirana

  1. Pingback: Video-Blog: Banküberfall in Tirana | Der reisende Reporter

  2. Jada says:

    while I appreciate the coverage (good job), I think you should at least have tried to administer CPR to those that were injured.

  3. dino bragoli says:

    Even using 5.56mm ammo, at that rate of fire they would need one of these to carry all those rounds!

    • Is there any action film which is realistic about the number of rounds in a clip (and the number of clips one could reasonably carry around)?

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