Exit Stage Right
They open the steel-walled box which contains the data. It's a red plastic object the rough size of a brick and shape of a Lego, with grey cable ports on the underside. One of them flips the drive upside-down in a single, fluid, motion that takes a fraction of a second.
They've been practicing this heist for weeks, in a mock-up of the building. They are professional, efficient, and trained to an expert level.
One of them unspools a length of cable and plugs it into the box. The computer begins reading off the solid-state data - quickly, in that it's reading it at around a billion times the speed of any human, but slowly, in that it'll take another twenty minutes to get the data off the drive and into the cloud.
There's a muffled boom from the direction of the door. They don't have twenty minutes.
"Sneakernet," declares one of them. He plucks the box from the safe and runs off with it. The other ones watch him for a moment, and then follow suit, leaving a ransacked office in their wake.
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Now, how do they get past the crowd of armed police coming up the stairs?