Copper stolen twice because of blunder

28th August 2007, Comments 0 comments

Copper stolen twice because of blunder

28 August 2007

BRUSSELS – A shipment of eight tonnes of copper wire has been stolen for a second time because of a blunder by the Belgian Railways (NMBS).  NMBS spokesperson Frédéric Petit has confirmed this.

Senior officials at the home affairs ministry are looking into the case to see whether tackling copper thieves can still be a priority at the rail company.

The public prosecution office in Marche-en-Famenne reported in March this year to Infrabel, the rail infrastructure arm of the NMBS, that a shipment of eight tonnes of copper had been found. This had been stolen earlier from the NMBS in Leuven. In order to try and catch the gang behind the robbery, the authorities kept surveillance on the shipment for a week. When this did not lead to any results, the public prosecution department asked Infrabel to guard the eight tonnes of copper itself or move it to a safer location.

But Infrabel did not respond. Not until several summonses later did Infrabel finally reply in June. The infrastructure company then placed an advertisement to find interested buyers for the copper wire, including the location of the valuable shipment in the ad. A few days later the entire eight tonnes had been stolen once again. Infrabel is taking full responsibility.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Belgian news

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