Monday, December 22, 2014 - 08:19
Elderly fmr. movie theater chain owners robbed at home
The people who were robbed a their home in Bilthoven on Saturday night, appears to be the Wolff couple. The couple, former owners of the Utrecht cinema company Wolff, was attacked in their home on Soestdijkseweg Zuid in Bilthoven. The couple (85 and 84 years old) and a caregiver were present in the house when some masked men violently invaded the house at around 01:50 Sunday morning. The robbers threatened the occupants of the house with weapons. The caregiver was tied up. After the robbery, the perpetrators fled in the victims' car. According to the police it is a black BMW in the 120 Series with the license plate 1-TPK-48. The perpetrators drove towards Bilthoven Noord. The police immediately launched a manhunt to find the perpetrators. Late last night there was still no trace of the robbers. The detectives did a trace evidence investigation in and around the home yesterday. In the interest of the investigation, the police cannot say how the robbers entered the house. None of the victims were hurt during the robbery. Joachim Wolff (85) was "too affected" to comment on the events yesterday morning. "We need time to process this." According to some local residents, Wolff's neighbors were also victim of an armed robbery last year. Those residents, also an elderly couple, were again attacked by the same perpetrators a few months later. The police can not confirm this story. Joachim Wolff is the former owner of the Utrecht cinema company Wolff, which operated nine cinemas with 45 screens. In addition to Utrecht, there were also cinemas in Enschede, Huizen, Groningen, Rotterdam and Nieuwegein. The chain was sold to Belgian group Kinepolis this summer for 16.8 million euro.