Dutch police return stolen car plus thiefs drugs

6th September 2011, Comments 5 comments

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.


© Radio Netherlands Worldwide

5 Comments To This Article

  • Just Wondering posted:

    on 7th September 2011, 04:09:27 - Reply

    To Darlid01 -
    I sure hope there is more to the story, but who knows.... If the cops won't give you the lawnmower because they can't identify it as yours, I guess you can't testify against him and they'll have to dismiss the charges? May as well hand the mower back to him and have him sue the cops for false arrest since they can't prove it wasn't his?
    Not all cops are idiots, but the ones who are get the most coverage.
  • Darlid01 posted:

    on 6th September 2011, 20:23:45 - Reply

    I would love to argue with Clyde and Wood, but unfortunately I just have another episode of "Why cops suck, Minneapolis edition". My lawn mower got stolen and the cops took down a very detailed description including that I'd recently repainted part of it that there were dremel marks from where I'd cut off a bolt that got stripped, and that there was a brand new part on a 10 year old lawn mower. They called me a couple months later and asked me to identify the stolen mower so they could charge the thief and to give an impact statement for prosecution to use for sentencing. After I had done so, I asked for my lawn mower back.
    "Do you have the serial number?"
    "No, but you identified it as mine, including dremel marks, pain, etc"
    "Sorry, we can't give you the lawn mower unless you can prove it's yours with a serial number"
    And so I was robbed again. This time by the cops.
  • Wood posted:

    on 6th September 2011, 16:55:11 - Reply

    Thank you Clyde, most Americans feel the same way you do. We are all sick and tired of the uniformed mafia. There was a time in this great nation when you could count on a cop to "serve and protect". Now all you can count on "taser and harass" tactics these days. The cops would be the last people I would call if I needed help.
  • Clyde posted:

    on 6th September 2011, 16:38:26 - Reply

    Just to be fair, we don't respect police here in the U.S. either. In fact, we rather loath them.

    L.A. cops are particular vermin, behaving so egregiously that they provoked major riots which caused large sections of their own city to be burned down.

    You've got a better chance of being killed by a cop in the U.S. than by any other form of Terrorism.

    I can't wait til the budget axe falls across our own nation and cops start getting pink slips. Perhaps our streets will be safer when these uniformed thugs have to give up the uniform and we can see them plainly as thugs.
  • lorenzo serna posted:

    on 6th September 2011, 12:58:50 - Reply

    typical dutch reasoning NOT to do anything. I'm ex police from the L. A. area. My feeling is that most of the dutch police are just overpaid boyscouts. If evidence was still in the car, this alones indicates an unprofessional approach to Police procedures. and they wonder why people have no respect for them or that matters are taken into the hands of the victims. As a forigner DO NOT expect any type of action to be taken should you ever need their help. "there is nothing we can (or want to) do, sorry" is the reply you will most likely get.