'Resuscitated' French punk thief escapes jail after 28 years on run

Gilles Bertin, 57, once lead singer of punk band Camera Silens, and who with accomplices robbed the equivalent of 1.8 million euros from a banknote delivery depot in south-west France before living in secret exile abroad for 28 years, during which time the French authorities declared him dead, has been given a suspended jail term after turning himself in. 

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Thirty years ago, a pioneer of the French punk scene helped rob an armoured truck depot in Toulouse, making off with the equivalent of nearly 1.8 million euros before dropping out of sight and eventually being declared dead, reports The Guardian.