Gretchen Hamilton – INN
The Bromberg Exchange is one of the oldest interplanetary distributers of rare earths and precious metal in the Northeast, if not the Western Hemisphere and beyond. Their security is top notch, their reputation flawless. It is not surprising then that they waited until yesterday to report a theft from one of their secure transfer facilities on Long Island that took place over a month ago.
What was stolen was a small shipment of platinum bound for multiple destinations, from carbon catalysers to jewelers to a positronic brain production house in NeoTokyo. Who stole it is a mystery as the independant agents hired by Bromberg have so far failed to find out; however, how they stole it is known. They dug.
Bypassing the stringent security systems and armored floor of the building, the culprets employed some form of advanced TBM (Tunnel Boring Machine) that allowed them to glide effortlessly through bedrock like it was water, penetrate the secure facility, knock out the camera systems and secure their getaway within ten minutes. Another mystery: the cost of the platinum on the market couldn’t possibly outweigh the cost of creating such equipment so it may not be a TBM we are dealing with.
NeoYork SP Special Agent Gregory Athens make this statement, “If the company had approched us earlier, we could have possibly figured it out more easily; however they didn’t and we now have only one lead, a filled-in tunnel through soil and bedrock that goes under the city and is nearly untraceable. It may be a mutant or alien we are dealing with, or someone out to prove a point. It’s too early to tell.”
Further investigation has found that this may not the first such mysterious theft. At least two others thefts of rare/obsolete machine parts and old pre-war thruster units from recycling and storage bays report a similar pattern, a disturbed area of the ground; though those items are of even less worth, making those reports dubious. In checking those reports, SP agents said that the so-called tunnel was likely nothing more than nearby disturbed earth and old concrete. They are not ruling the coincidence out yet, however.