Argentine robber gang admits to bank crimes

24th July 2007, Comments 0 comments

24 July 2007, Munich (dpa) - A five-strong Argentine gang admitted in a Munich court on Monday to travelling to Germany to carry out robberies targeting high-value bank clients in Berlin, Munich and Hamburg.

24 July 2007

Munich (dpa) - A five-strong Argentine gang admitted in a Munich court on Monday to travelling to Germany to carry out robberies targeting high-value bank clients in Berlin, Munich and Hamburg.

The gang members, aged between 28 and 48, flew to Germany from Buenos Aires in 2004 and again in 2006 to carry out a series of violent attacks on selected clients, netting a total of 130,000 euros (180,000 dollars).

They watched their victims draw large sums and then pursued them by motorcycle. The attack on a 63-year-old man from Berlin resulted in his being permanently incapacitated.

The gang members told the court that attacks of this kind were common in Argentina, where they ran the risk of being shot by police while on their motorcycle.

They regarded carrying out robberies in Germany as less risky.

Police detained the five after monitoring the movement of two mobile phones from Berlin to Munich.

DPA

Subject: German news

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