Police missed vital clues before diamond heist

18th March 2005, Comments 0 comments

18 March 2005, AMSTERDAM — The Dutch military police service has indications that the spectacular diamond robbery at Schiphol last month was being worked out two weeks prior to the heist when "suspicious incidents" were reported at Amsterdam's airport.

18 March 2005

AMSTERDAM — The Dutch military police service has indications that the spectacular diamond robbery at Schiphol last month was being worked out two weeks prior to the heist when "suspicious incidents" were reported at Amsterdam's airport.

"Military police detectives received a number of reports on 10 February of suspicious situations, which — looking back — probably had something to do with the robbery," a military police spokeswoman said.

The spokeswoman refused to elaborate on Thursday night what activities took place, but said they indicated "preparatory acts", newspaper De Telegraaf reported.

She said if the activities on 10 February are eventually linked with the robbery, it gives authorities a better picture of what happened during the theft.

Two to three robbers seized a KLM transport truck at the Schiphol freight terminal on 25 February, threatening the guards with firearms. They then drove the truck and EUR 75 million in diamonds off the airport terrain, dumping it in Hoofddorp.

No arrests have been carried out and police suspect the robbers had help from the "inside". In response to the robbery, Schiphol announced a security upgrade, but KLM has also been accused of making grave errors that led to the robbery.

Military police were distributing flyers to airport staff on Thursday and Friday asking them if they saw any suspicious activities around the heavily-secured freight terminal. The flyers said special attention should be paid to the dates 10 and 25 February.

The spokeswoman said detectives had discovered very quickly that a possible link existed between the events of 10 and 25 February.

Crimestopper show Opsporing Verzocht will highlight the case on Monday night, broadcasting composition sketches of the suspects. The drawings are based on descriptions from staff and members of the public who witnessed the crime.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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