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Gunmen make away with $360,000-worth Panini World Cup stickers in Argentina

Armed men have stormed a Panini printing house in Argentina, making away with hundreds of thousands of FIFA World Cup stickers. According to authorities, the men stole packets worth up to $360,000.

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In the Argentine town of Munro, outside of Buenos Aires, armed men stormed a printing house last weekend and forced employees to unload more than 600 boxes of FIFA World Cup stickers into their truck.

Police confirmed the robbery on Wednesday.

According to authorities, each box contained 1,000 packets of stickers priced at 60 cents (€0.50) each. In all, the gunmen got away with stickers worth around $360,000.

The robbers are still at large, officials said, while security cameras in the warehouse were unable to help identify their faces.

Read more: Russia World Cup is safe and secure, promises FIFA security chief

It remains unclear what the bandits intend to do with the stickers, although they will likely go on sale on the black market at a discount. The price of a packet, which contains five random stickers donning a player's face, tends to rise the closer the tournament approaches.

The 2018 World Cup is set to begin on June 14 in Russia, and runs until July 15.

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