Suspect arrested for diamond heist

8th November 2005, Comments 0 comments

8 November 2005, AMSTERDAM — A man has been arrested in connection with the robbery of diamonds and jewels worth EUR 75 million from Schiphol Airport on 25 February. It was one of the biggest robberies in Dutch history.

8 November 2005

AMSTERDAM — A man has been arrested in connection with the robbery of diamonds and jewels worth EUR 75 million from Schiphol Airport on 25 February. It was one of the biggest robberies in Dutch history.

A specialist arrest team detained the suspect, identified only as E.P., aged 41, at his home in Amsterdam on Tuesday morning. He is the first person to be arrested on suspicion of direct involvement in the robbery.

The police described the arrest as a real breakthrough in the case. Three properties were searched on Tuesday but the police did not say if anything incriminating was found.

Investigators have for some time been watching a group of people believed to have been behind the heist. They are also suspected of robberies of money transports and service stations. Further arrests have not been ruled out.

Several people were arrested earlier by detectives investigating the heist but it emerged they had nothing to do with the crime. They are, however, suspected of drug dealing.

The investigation is being headed by the Marechaussee, or military police service, which is responsible for security at Schiphol.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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