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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Man Finds Stolen $700,000 While Walking Dog

A man walking his dog in a forest discovered almost $700,000 in cash that had been stolen from a Sberbank branch in Chita in one of the country's largest heists in recent history.

The man informed police Sunday that he discovered the stashed loot -- 18 million rubles ($695,000), some 2 kilograms of silver bullion and 250 grams of gold -- in a forest outside Chita, Gazeta.ru reported Monday, citing regional prosecutors.

After examining the cash and valuables, investigators determined that they belonged to the Sberbank branch that was robbed of $1.5 million on May 12 in a bizarre tale of intrigue and betrayal.

The robbers entered the bank through a window in the early morning and shot dead two guards before making off with the cash and valuables. Investigators believe one of the guards was an accomplice who opened the window.

Five suspects, including suspected ringleader Konstantin Gudkov, have been detained, and investigators have found the body of a sixth suspect in a grave in a forest outside the east Siberian city.

Gudkov, a retired police captain, has admitted to killing the man discovered in the forest, Kommersant reported last week.

Investigators found a cache containing 18 million rubles ($695,000) in stolen money several meters from the body last week.

With the recovery of that cache and the money and valuables discovered Sunday, 2.25 million rubles ($87,000) remained unaccounted for Monday.

"It appears that after leaving the bank, the robbers split up, divvied up the money and went to hide it in different spots," Anatoly Uskov, an aide to the Chita regional prosecutor, said Monday, RIA-Novosti reported.

The five suspects could be charged as early as Wednesday, Uskov said.