The Gaza Post|The News of Palestine-Netherland
Dutch police have arrested five men suspected of stealing €500,000 (£448,000) of iPhones in a dangerous late-night heist from a moving truck akin to action scenes from Fast and Furious.
Dutch police said that the five men, aged from 33 to 43 and all from Romania, allegedly raided a delivery truck full of iPhones using a modified van, driving close enough to allow one of the suspects to climb on to and break into the truck while it was being driven down a Dutch road.
The suspect then passed boxes of Apple’s iphone from the delivery truck into the modified van through a hole in its roof.
Dutch police spokesman Ed said that officers had long been investigating thefts from trucks but had remained sceptical that such a heist could be pulled off. Not any more.
Kraszewski said: “The truck was taking its freight from A to B and did not stop. Even so, [the phones] were gone. So it must have happened that way. And now we finally have the evidence, with the van and the loot.”
The five men were arrested at a holiday park in the central Netherlands. Police recovered the iPhones and the van they believe was used in the heist. The suspects are to appear Tuesday before an investigating judge.
Kraszewski said similar raids had been reported elsewhere in Europe, almost always targeting high-end smartphones, but that there had been no arrests until now. Dutch police will send the fingerprints of the suspects to colleagues around Europe to check for potential matches in previous crimes.