German jail terms for Polish Hammer Gang

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9 September 2004, BERLIN - Three members of a Polish smash-and-grab gang that is reputed to have raided 150 German jewellers' shops were sentenced to more than seven years' jail by a Berlin court Thursday after one of the accused turned state's evidence. Based in the Polish town of Koszalin, the 200 members were dubbed the "Hammer Gang" because they always sent two men with a pistol and a hammer to hold up the shops. The hammer was used to smash glass display cases. Police say the gang is defunct. The thre

9 September 2004

BERLIN - Three members of a Polish smash-and-grab gang that is reputed to have raided 150 German jewellers' shops were sentenced to more than seven years' jail by a Berlin court Thursday after one of the accused turned state's evidence.

Based in the Polish town of Koszalin, the 200 members were dubbed the "Hammer Gang" because they always sent two men with a pistol and a hammer to hold up the shops. The hammer was used to smash glass display cases. Police say the gang is defunct.

The three defendants, aged 35 to 40, were jailed for between seven-and-a-half years and nine-and-a-half years for four attacks that netted 100,000 euros (120,000 dollars). Two men believed to have been the gang chiefs are to go on trial in Poland shortly.

One of the Berlin defendants received a reduced sentence for telling the police the gang's identity. He now has permanent police bodyguards for fear that remnants of the gang will try to extract revenge.

DPA

Subject: German news

 

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