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PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. — Public works employees in Florida stumbled upon something they don’t see every day: a small “claustrophobic ” tunnel leading to a Chase bank, according to the FBI.

The Pembroke Pines public works employees responded to a report of a possible sinkhole near Flamingo Road on Tuesday night and discovered the tunnel, which was about 50 yards long, with a power cord near the tunnel leading to a small generator, the FBI said Wednesday.

Public works employees discovered a tunnel leading toward a Chase bank in a Pembroke Pines, Florida.

“It’s approximately 2-foot, maybe 3-foot in diameter. It’s very small, it’s very claustrophobic,” FBI Miami Special Agent Michael D. Leverock told reporters.

The tunnel was near a wooded area south of the bank. It didn’t reach the bank, which is across the street from the tunnel’s entrance, the FBI said. The FBI is investigating the discovery as an attempted bank burglary. No arrests have been made.

“They’re heading towards the ATM. I don’t think they were doing that for any other reason,” Leverock said.

The tunnel appeared to be a scene straight out of a movie. Or not.

“I would like to say I saw something like this in the movies, however, this hole is so small that … it’s unique,” Leverock said.

He added: “You would not be afraid of small places for sure if you were doing this.”

Authorities believe more than one person likely dug the tunnel, apparently using pick axes, Leverock said. A winch and a small wagon used to haul away dirt, debris and rocks was found, he said.

“This is truly a unique case here,” he said.

Authorities don’t know where the tunnel ends yet or when it was abandoned, Leverock said. Rainfall over the past few days may have caused it to collapse, he said.

The Pembroke Pines Department of Public Works declined to comment, referring questions to the FBI. The FBI released photos of the wagon and generator, hoping the public could help authorities track down the digger — or diggers.

Authorities want to talk to them.

“So, if somebody’s been bragging about this, somebody’s seen this wagon, seen a generator and some folks who are talking about a tunnel, certainly give us a call.”

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