Luxury goods stolen off Schiphol planes; four arrested

Four men have been arrested following an investigation into the theft of luxury goods worth "several tens of thousands of euros" from an airliner's passenger jets, the Marechaussee military police say. Two of the suspects are employed by the airline, while the other two were caught after trying to sell the goods online.

The airline discovered the theft of luxury watches, pens and bracelets in November and quietly declared the crime to investigators. Amongst the stolen good were timepieces from Swiss watchmaker Frederique Constant, and Montblanc pens.

Investigators soon discovered many of the items for sale online. They picked up two airline workers, a 40-year-old man from Hoofdorp and a 41-year-old man from Amsterdam, finding some of the items in their homes. Both were charged with theft and possession of stolen merchandise.

Two more men were arrested this week after other stolen items appeared on an online marketplace. The 27 year old from Amsterdam and 42 year old from nearby Duivendrecht were charged with fencing stolen items.

All four men were processed and released. Their case is now in the hands of the Public Prosecutor. More arrests are possible, the Marechaussee says.

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