Last year the number of reported crimes in the Netherlands dropped by 8 percent, continuing its declining trend over the past years, according to newspaper AD's annual Crime Meter. Amsterdam also saw a decrease in crime, but the Dutch capital is still the most dangerous city to live in crime-wise.
The seven suspects arrested in January in connection with a diamond heist at Schiphol in 2005, were arrested after a years-long undercover operation by the judiciary, Het Parool reports based on information from sources. The seven suspects are in court for the first time on Wednesday.
A man who robbed a pizzeria in Rotterdam-IJsselmonde on Friday night, was himself robbed by two other thieves while still in the pizzeria. The police are looking for tips about both robberies and all three robbers, AD reports.
The police initially believed that the three robbers were working together, but that now seems not to be the case.
An almost unique WSP quad bike was one of several items stolen from R2R Store in Eindhoven during the early hours of Monday morning. Owner Maikel de Laat posted surveillance camera images of the perpetrators on Facebook and offered a 10 thousand euros reward for the tip that leads to the return of the stolen items, Omroep Brabant reports.
Police in Amsterdam arrested eight suspects connected to a plot to excessively overcharge taxi passengers picked up at Schiphol Airport. In one case investigated by authorities, a Swedish man was ordered to pay 595 euros for a ride from the airport to Amsterdam city center, a taxi fare that normally costs between 40 and 60 euros.
The police arrested a 17-year-old boy from Amsterdam last week on suspicion of involvement in a fatal stabbing at a gay cruising spot in Oosterpark in Amsterdam last month.
A Dutch man was killed in an attack on a farm in South Africa on Friday night, South African media reports. The attack happened on the Dutchman's farm near Baberton in the South African province of Mpumalanga.
According to Netwerk 24, the victim is 55-year-old Peet van Es. A friend was visiting the Van Es and his wife when five masked men forced their way into the farmhouse. The woman and friend were tied up with electrical cable while some of the attackers went upstairs, where Van Es was sleeping.
The Rotterdam police arrested a group of criminals suspected of being responsible for a series of street shootings in Rotterdam-Zuid between September and December last year. A total of 13 people were arrested, the four most recent ones last week, the police announced in a statement.
Several people were injured in the shootings, but there were no fatalities.
On Wednesday the police arrested six people suspected of involvement in a valuables transport robbery in Amsterdam in December. One of the suspects is the driver of the transport van, the police said in a statement on Friday, ANP reports.
Five suspects were arrested in Amsterdam, one in Utrecht. Some of the stolen goods were also recovered.
The Oost-Nederland police arrested a police officer in the same unit on Tuesday on suspicion that he leaked information from the police systems to suspects in a robbery investigation. The 26-year-old cop is officially suspected of violating official confidentiality, ANP reports.
It is as yet unclear whether the information leak had any influence on the robbery investigation. The man is in custody and will be questioned.
The Amsterdam police arrested one man and two women on January 30th. They are suspected of seducing elderly men online, making a date with them and then robbing them of their belongings, the police said in a statement on Thursday. Investigators believe that more men may have fallen victim to these perpetrators and call on them to contact the police.
On Friday and Saturday the Koninklijke Marechaussee arrested seven suspects in connection with a diamond heist at Schiphol airport in 2005. The seven are suspected of involvement in the hijacking of an armored car carrying 67 million euros worth of diamonds, NOS reports.
The arrests were made in Amsterdam and Valencia, Spain. The suspects are five men and two women. All of them are Dutch.
On Tuesday the police arrested two brothers in Eindhoven on suspicion of involvement in a brutal robbery and rape in a chalet in Schaijk in 2009. New information led investigators to the suspects, the police said in a statement on Wednesday. The suspects, age 26 and 28 years, are in custody for further investigation.
A crowdfunding action started to help Amsterdam student Doeta Aartsma restart her business after her equipment was stolen from her home over Christmas, is gaining support. So far about a third of the 10 thousand euros she needs has been raised.
"I actually feel very rich", Aartsma said to Het Parool. "You could say that I should have lost faith in humanity after this nasty experience, but because so many known and unknown people support me, that is not the case."
Fake postal workers using a stolen mail truck are believed to be behind two separate robberies of a second-hand electronics store in Nieuwegein.
The iUsed location was robbed twice in five days. "This is very bizarre", iUsed manager Jip van Asperen said to newspaper AD.
On Friday two people dressed as PostNL workers stole a large order of Apple devices directly from the store. The order, value estimated at around 20 thousand euros, was already packaged and waiting for the postal van to pick it up.
An armored car was robbed on Koestraat in Purmerend on Wednesday. The perpetrators fled on a scooter and are still at large, RTV Noord-Holland reports.
The armored car was parked at an ING branch in Koestraat when the perpetrators hit. It is unclear whether they managed to steal anything.
The police are looking for two men, whose descriptions were spread on Burgernet. The robbers are a white man and a dark skinned man. One wore a white jersey with a gray good, a vest, a backpack and dark sneakers. The second man was wearing a blue flight jacket and dark jeans.
Eleven arrests were made in Costa Rica in connection with the murders of a Dutch couple and a Nicaraguan man in the Central American country in January, RTL Nieuws reports.
Hans Snelders and Sita Dhawtal were found dead in their home on their teak plantation in Puntarenas on January 4th. They were handcuffed and shot dead. The foreman of their tree farm, the man from Nicaragua, was also killed.
A 63-year-old woman sustained minor injuries in a home invasion on Ministerlaan in the Zwolle neighborhood of Ittersum on Friday morning, De Stentor reports.
The incident happened around 8:45 a.m. There was a knock on the woman's door, who opened for two slender young men carrying a bunch of flowers. They violently forced their way into the woman's home the moment the door was opened.
The robbers demanded money from the woman, but she managed to escape and run outside. A neighbor took her in. She sustained minor injuries to her arm.
The victim of a fatal shooting near the AMC in Amsterdam-Zuidoost was identified as 24-year-old Isilnando Kammeron by Het Parool. According to the newspaper, Kammeron is a career criminal with a criminal record dating from when he was 13 years old.
A 24-year-old man from Schiedam was arrested in the investigation into a violent robbery in Helmond in August 2014. Mien Graveland, 86, was killed in the robbery
A number of masked men broke into a house on Veldenseweg and stole 120 thousand euros in cash as well as jewelry, according to one of the victims Mia Geerlings. The police only stated that jewelry was stolen and will say nothing more in the interest of an ongoing investigation, 1Limburg reports.
A 42-year-old man from Assen was sentenced to 5 years in prison for raping and robbing a 20-year-old woman in his hometown just before Christmas last year, the court in Assen ruled. The man also has to undergo institutionalized psychiatric treatment and pay 14 thousand euros in damages to the victim
A man was killed in his home during a robbery in the Drenthe village of Gees early on Thursday morning. He was attacked and seriously injured and later died of his injuries