Man arrested for Schiphol diamond heist

19th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

19 May 2005, AMSTERDAM — Police investigating the spectacular robbery of up to EUR 75 million in diamonds from Schiphol Airport in February have made an arrest.

19 May 2005

AMSTERDAM — Police investigating the spectacular robbery of up to EUR 75 million in diamonds from Schiphol Airport in February have made an arrest.

The 39-year-old man has been partially identified as Marcel L., of Diemen. He is employed by airline Martinair at the Amsterdam airport and is said to have been a suspect for some time following the armed robbery.

Martinair has declined to comment about the arrest.

Sources said he is suspected of several offences as part of his alleged involvement in the planning of the heist, the largest diamond robbery in Dutch history

A specialist police arrest team detained the man on Wednesday morning, newspaper 'De Telegraaf' reported on Thursday.

His home was searched and his computer and documents were seized for inspection.

His home is near the scene where the robbers' burnt-out getaway vehicle was found a week after the robbery.

An armed gang struck on 25 February this year and took the diamonds from a van in a freight area at Schiphol. The diamonds were to be loaded on a plane for Antwerp.

Dozens of detectives are involved in the investigation and police believe they have uncovered sufficient clues to solve the crime.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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