Wednesday, December 8, 2021

French, Belgian police arrest suspects in Amsterdam robbery

The Hague, Netherlands (NWN) – Police in Belgium and France have arrested a man and a woman on suspicion of their involvement in a May robbery that followed a speeding car through Amsterdam and a shootout that An alleged robber was killed, a European Union agency said on Tuesday.

Arrests in France and Belgium have brought the number of suspects taken into custody to eight following the May 19 robbery in northern Amsterdam. Four are French, three are Belgian and the nationality of one is not known.

Robbers armed with automatic weapons raided an armored vehicle that was parked in a company dealing in precious metals. Judicial cooperation organization Eurojust said they ran away with an estimated 14 million euros ($16.2 million) worth of metals, most of which have been recovered.

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Videos posted widely on social media show police officers firing weapons as they chase suspects into a farm near the village of Brock Inn Waterland, about 10 kilometers (6 mi) north of Amsterdam. Huh. A 47-year-old French man was killed in the shootout.

Dutch police said on Tuesday that the new suspects arrested are a 20-year-old woman from Belgium and a 44-year-old man from Paris. Cars and data storage equipment were confiscated during arrests on Monday and Tuesday and searches of suspects’ homes and a store in Paris.

Dutch police said they would seek the transfer of both suspects to the Netherlands to face trial.

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