Schiphol diamond theft suspect freed

20th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

20 April 2005, AMSTERDAM — A man arrested in connection with a spectacular diamond robbery at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam was freed from jail on Tuesday because of a lack of evidence.

20 April 2005

AMSTERDAM — A man arrested in connection with a spectacular diamond robbery at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam was freed from jail on Tuesday because of a lack of evidence.

The public prosecutor initially kept the man's arrest secret, but a military police spokesman at Schiphol revealed the suspect was detained several weeks ago.

He was arrested when he crashed his car against several poles while drink driving. Police found cash and a diamond measuring instrument in the car, newspaper 'De Telegraaf' reported.

Meanwhile, police are investigating a group they think might have carried out the robbery, sources told news agency ANP. Military police are refusing to comment officially.
 
Police think the robbery was committed by a very professional criminal gang and a team of 50 police officers are investigating the case.

An estimated EUR 75 million in diamonds was stolen from the freight terminal at Schiphol at the end of February. It was one of the largest robberies in Dutch history.

The diamonds were to be flown to Antwerp, but two armed men forced airport staff out of a freight truck carrying the diamonds and casually drove off the Schiphol terrain. The truck was later found dumped in Hoofddorp, not far from the airport.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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