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Heist Star Rising

November 9, 2009, 6:40 AM
A French van driver suspected of making off with €11.6m in cash has become an internet star. Missing since the heist was staged last Thursday, a number of internet campaigns in support of the errant driver who reportedly fled with 49 sacks of bills from the Bank of France in Lyon have cropped up. “The ‘Tony Musulin for president’ Facebook page features such tongue-and-cheek comments as ‘he can certainly solve the crisis with 11.6 million’ while members of the ‘Tony Musulin fan club’ said he was a ‘hero’ for his ‘no guns, no violence’ approach. ‘The World is Yours: Tony Best Driver 2009’ page is also drawing a steady stream of comments describing the theft as ‘the heist of the century’,” reports Breitbart.

Heist Star Rising

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