Bank robbers lock pregnant women in safe

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18 December 2003 AMSTERDAM — Police arrested three suspects within 15 minutes of a Breda bank heist, in which two pregnant women and five other people were locked in a bank safe.

18 December 2003

AMSTERDAM — Police arrested three suspects within 15 minutes of a Breda bank heist, in which two pregnant women and five other people were locked in a bank safe.

The robbery at an SNS bank on the Van Coothplein in the southern city of Breda started at about 2.30pm on Wednesday. Police later arrested three Italian suspects aged between 36 and 55.

The bank robbers locked the five staff members — including the two pregnant women — and two bank customers in a safe after threatening them with guns and knives.

The authorities called in an ambulance as a precautionary measure for the two pregnant women and police easily released the people from the safe area. The two pregnant women were taken to hospital for observation, news agency Novum reported.

The three robbers fled from the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash. They drove with high-speed towards the Belgian border in a car with Belgian number plates, news agency ANP reported.

But by chance, several police vans were in the vicinity of the robbery and managed to jam the escape vehicle on the A16 motorway just before the Belgian border. Police allegedly seized a weapon and a bag of money from the car.

It is thought the detained suspects are from Rome. Police had also arrested a fourth man in the vicinity of the bank based on descriptions of the suspects, but he was released on Wednesday night.

Inquiries into the robbery continue and police are investigating whether the getaway vehicle was stolen in Belgium.

[Copyright Expatica News 2003]

Subject: Dutch news

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