Dutch police return stolen car plus thiefs drugs
Free newspaper Metro reports that a man from Maarssen whose stolen car was returned to him by the police two weeks ago was greatly surprised to find that the thief’s wallet, identity card, crack pipe and heroine supply were still in the car.
The man’s car keys, television, laptop, telephone and bank cards had been stolen when his house was broken into about a month ago.
He was equally surprised to discover that some of his stolen belongings were being offered for sale on the consumer-to-consumer trading web site Marktplaats.nl.
A few days after reporting his discovery to the police, they asked him to check whether the stolen goods were still for sale.
When this turned out not to be the case, a detective informed the victim that “nothing will probably be done about it due to a lack of manpower.”
A police spokesperson said he could not comment on the case as the investigation was still on-going.
Police unions regularly sound the alarm about high workloads and time-consuming paperwork.
So far, the cabinet has not yet delivered on its promise of increasing police numbers.
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