Fake cop stops gold transport; gang takes off with 70 kilos

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A gang robbed two Belgians of 70 kilos of gold last week after one of them had stopped the transport dressed as a policeman. The Belgians, driving an inconspicuous BMW, had just left Schiphol and were on their way to their country when a policeman on a motor cycle signaled them to leave the highway towards a tunnel near De Meern (Utrecht). There his accomplices waited with a van and another car. The two Belgians were forced to leave their car at gunpoint. The robbers took all 70 slices of gold, totalling about 1 million euros in value.

A gold dealer from the Hague, a mr. Klumpers, says in Algemeen Dagblad (dagblad = “daily”) that he does not understand why the victims would transport gold in such an unsafe manner. “For shipments of this size we always use an armoured transport, for wich we pay about 10,000 euro. It’s a lot cheaper to do it yourself, but I’d prefer not to run the risk.”

Who would you stop for if you had a cool million in the boot?

Photo by Oleg Volk, some rights reserved.

6 Comments »

  1. Is there such a thing as an “inconspicuous BMW”? ;-)

    Comment by Eric — August 7, 2008 @ 7:10 pm

  2. That’s just stupid. With armored vehicles, your cargo is at least insured. This way, they’re screwed…unless they’re in on it.

    Comment by Darth Paul — August 7, 2008 @ 7:55 pm

  3. I was intrigued by this story, which could almost be a Dutch joke: did you hear about the two guys dumb enough to transport 70 kilograms of gold and handed it over to people dressed in police costumes?

    They were Belgians.

    (now I’m wondering what the rest of the story is: like, what do they do for a living?)

    Comment by Toby Sterling — August 7, 2008 @ 8:43 pm

  4. Is there such a thing as an “inconspicuous BMW”?

    At first I had written “inconspicuous car,” but when I went back to the source article I noticed the actual make was mentioned. Then suddenly the booming voice of God sounded from … from everywhere, really, and said: “If you go ahead with your hare-brained idea of calling a BMW inconspicuous, you will be the laughing stock of the entire planet.” I chose to hear that last bit as: “nubile young women will be at your beck and call.”

    Does that answer your question?

    Comment by Branko Collin — August 7, 2008 @ 9:36 pm

  5. The Belgians are making jokes about the Dutch these days. Hugo Camps wrote in De Morgen that the worst punishment for Karadzic won’t be the prison time, but getting used to Dutch food.

    Comment by Branko Collin — August 7, 2008 @ 10:02 pm

  6. “Does that answer your question?”

    Completely.

    Comment by Eric — August 9, 2008 @ 3:42 pm

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