Thursday, 15 October 2015 - 12:13
Stolen €400k Audi DTM destroyed in Amsterdam fire
The one of a kind Audi RS6 DTM that was stolen in Amsterdam on Wednesday night, has been found burnt out in Nieuw-West. The car was being used for filming at the Piet Hein tunnel, not far from the gas station where it was stolen in an armed robbery. The police are currently doing an investigation at a parking garage at Nachtwachtlaan in Nieuw-West. According to AT5, a fire broke out in the parking garage around 2:30 a.m. on Thursday. The fire destroyed two cars, including the exclusive sports car, and damaged another. It is believed that the Audi was set on fire and that the fire then spread to the other cars, though this has not been confirmed by the police. The car was stolen in an armed robbery at the Kriterion gas station on IJburglaan on Wednesday night around 11:00 p.m. The robbers threatened owner Douwe Leitner and a cameraman with a firearm, firing several shots into the air, and took off with the car. “I feel terrible. As you may know, such a fast car is very popular with criminals. There is therefore a chance that it will be found somewhere burnt out.” Leitner said to broadcaster NOS after the robbery. The Audi is worth about 400 thousand euros and is the only one of its kind in the world, according to Leitner. He told AT5 that he finds the robbers setting fire to his car "entirely useless" as he was intending to sell the car after the filming had been completed. The car is insured. On Instagram, professional skier Jon Olsson, who owned the car before Leitner, expressed his regret about what happened. "You will be missed but never forgotten", he writes.