Investigation must take time to 'respond to the level', according to a delegate. At least 30 criminals attacked a Banco do Brasil branch in the city center, using large caliber weapons and tens of kilograms of explosives.
The security forces of Santa Catarina are still searching for any trace that may help to identify the criminals involved in the assault in Criciúma, in the south of the state, which is considered the largest theft ever recorded in Santa Catarina territory.
There were hostages and gunfire between Monday night (30th) and Tuesday morning (1st). A military policeman was injured and had to undergo surgery. Four men were arrested for theft of banknotes abandoned by criminals. No suspect in the gang had been arrested until the publication of this report.
The Rio Grande do Sul police are also assisting in searches and inspection barriers have been set up on the roads on the borders of Santa Catarina with Paraná and Rio Grande do Sul.
"A series of steps are underway, we cannot advance an escape route, any information that could harm the investigation. It is within one of the main objectives to track trucks," said Chief Luis Felipe Fuentes, director of the State Directorate of Criminal Investigations. (Deic).
Hostages, street notes, powerful cars: how was the bank robbery in Criciúma
With the same characteristics of the action registered in Criciúma, during the early hours of the morning on Wednesday (2), a gang took the streets of Cametá, in the interior of Pará, 235 km Belém, to rob a bank. Residents reported on social networks a night of terror. One person died.
Investigation should take
According to the Civil Police, there is no forecast for the end of investigations into the attack in Criciúma, which can take time. The police used as an example a robbery recorded in March 2019 and which until then was considered the largest in the state - not everyone involved has been arrested yet.
“These are investigations that will require a long period of time to be carried out, as well as all the information we receive is checked. And that takes time ", said the general delegate of the Civil Police, Paulo Koerich.
"It needs to be a painstaking and time-consuming job to give an answer that matches. You can't want 30 assailants who have planned something and prepared for months to get an answer in a matter of hours and a few days. In the same proportion as was planned by them, the investigation response work is also prepared ", stated Anselmo Cruz, Deic.
According to him, the criminal action was well planned "several months in advance".
"We have no doubt that the action that was well planned, the criminal action was done with a lot of planning, with a lot of preparation, because of all this logistics," he said.