Diamond heist tips after crimestopper show
22 March 2005, AMSTERDAM — Military police have received 90 tips after crimestopper show Opsoring Verzocht requested public assistance in tracking down the culprits of a EUR 75 million diamond heist at Schiphol Airport last month.
22 March 2005
AMSTERDAM — Military police have received 90 tips after crimestopper show Opsoring Verzocht requested public assistance in tracking down the culprits of a EUR 75 million diamond heist at Schiphol Airport last month.
A police spokesman said a large amount of telephone calls were in relation to the composition sketches of the suspects. But he could not immediately confirm the usefulness of the tips on Tuesday.
Military police said the sketches of the two male suspects are of a man who allegedly stood in waiting with a getaway car in Hoofddorp and one of the robbers directly involved in the heist at the Schiphol freight terminal.
The latter is also alleged to have stolen a blue KLM vehicle on 10 February at Schiphol in what has been described as practice run for the spectacular robbery. The vehicle was used to drive up to the freight terminal during the robbery itself.
The two male robbers then forced KLM transport guards at gunpoint out of a truck loaded with EUR 75 million in diamonds on 25 February. They then calmly drove the truck off the airport terrain, dumping the vehicle in Hoofddorp, where a third man waited with the escape vehicle.
The crimestopper show requested information about the alleged escape vehicle seen in Hoofddorp. The red Renault Express was allegedly stolen in Amsterdam prior to the robbery and set on fire about a month later at a secluded area in Diemen.
Military distributed 20,000 flyers to Schiphol staff last week requesting information about suspicious incidents on 10 February and the robbery itself 15 days later.
The flyers contained a special telephone number, but the spokesman said most of the tips were received after Monday night's broadcast.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Dutch news