Dutch police arrested 70 people last week in a cooperative effort to tackle those suspected of mobile banditry, a catch-all term for people who travel around to engage in criminal acts like theft, burglary, fraud, identity fraud, and drug trafficking. The suspects in these cases often work across international borders, requiring assistance from policing agencies like Europol, Interpol, and other national police forces.
A 53-year-old Dutch man was shot dead in an armed robbery on Curacao on Tuesday. Four masked and armed men robbed an apartment complex in the neighborhood of Schelpwijk, a few kilometers away from Willemstad, during the early hours of Tuesday morning, ANP reports.
The robbers first forced their way into one apartment, and injured an Asian man. They then broke open the door of another apartment, where they shot the Dutch man. According to the police, the Dutch man was killed with an aimed shot.
The robbers fled.
The police are investigating.
A jeweler in Kesteren, Gelderland, was robbed by three armed people on Thursday morning. The owner of the jewelry store was injured. The police arrested one suspect, and launched a manhunt for the other two, the Telegraaf reports.
A bystander managed to grab one of the robbers when he came running out of the jewelry store, according to the newspaper. The police arrested the man. Multiple pieces of jewelry were found lying on the street.
The other two robbers fled on a scooter. They were wearing dark clothing.
Multiple shots were fired during a jewelry store robbery on Parkstraat in Breda on Wednesday. A staff member of the store sustained a head injury, though the police told NU.nl that the employee was not hit by a bullet.
The robbery was committed by four armed persons at around 11:00 a.m., according to the newspaper. Afterwards the robbers were driven away in a passenger car. The car was later found in a parking lot on Nieuwe Ginnekenstraat, a few streets away from the store.
An armed robbery at bungalow park De Witte Wieven in Nunspeet sent large numbers of police officers searching the surrounding woods on Thursday night. No one was injured. According to the police, there were two or three suspects and two people were arrested, NOS reports.
A SWAT team, police dogs, a helicopter and multiple police vehicles responded to the bungalow park on Thursday night. A large part of the holiday park, which consists of a few hundred bungalows, was closed down for the search and investigation.
Multiple shots were fired in a home on Goudbalpad in Amsterdam Noord on Sunday night in what the police believe was an attempted robbery, a police spokesperson confirmed to ANP.
What exactly happened is not clear. According to Het Parool, armed men followed a family into their garage when they came home. There was a scuffle between one of the residents and the intruders, and a man got hit on the head with a pistol. A number of shots were fired and the intruders fled.
It is not clear whether anyone was hit by bullets. The police are investigating.
A Dutch football player is suspected of involvement in five armed robberies in the area around Turnhout in Belgium - robberies on a casino, a gas station, a supermarket and two gambling offices,RTL Nieuws reports.
Ismail H., 22, had a contract with AS Roma and played for Westerlo on a rental basis. He was fired in January, according to the broadcaster.
The South African police arrested six suspects over the weekend in what is locally known as the "airport-following" robberies, South African news wire News24 reports. These robberies involve a group of criminals following foreigners from O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg and robbing them on the way to their hotels. While not specifically stated, it is believed that the robbery of 36 Dutch tourists on a tour bus last month, forms part of this investigation.
Armed perpetrators robbed a number of musicians at a music studio on Keienbergweg in Amsterdam Zuidoost during the early hours of Wednesday morning, AT5 reports.
The armed robbery happened around 2:45 a.m., as the musicians were leaving the music studio. They were threatened and robbed of their belongings. Exactly what was stolen is not clear.
The robbers fled with their loot. Police officers searched the area, but to no avail. The police call on witnesses to come forward.
A group of 36 Dutch tourists who were robbed shortly after arriving in South Africa for a 22 day holiday on Sunday, are flying back to the Netherlands on Tuesday night. They are set to arrive at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam on Wednesday morning, AD reports.
A group of 38 Dutch tourists were attacked by armed robbers in the South African city of Johannesburg on Sunday night. They were threatened and robbed on their tour bus shortly after arriving in the country, the Telegraaf reports.
The robbery happened on the way to their first hotel. The bus was forced off the road by men dressed as police officers. The bus driver was forced to drive to an isolated place, where the men piled into the bus and threatened and robbed the Dutch passengers, according to the newspaper.
Two armed men robbed the Players Casino on Ginnekenweg in Breda on Wednesday night. No one was injured. The perpetrators are still at large.
The armed duo came into the gambling hall around 11:00 p.m. and forced everyone inside to lie down on the ground, according to the police. The robbers threatened an employee with a firearm and forced the employee to hand over money. They then fled on a dark colored scooter towards Zuidelijke Rondweg.
The police in Badhoevedorp shot a man with a knife twice in the leg while arresting him at around 1:30 a.m. on Monday, the police said in a statement.
Police officers confronted the 29-year-old man, with no permanent address, on Nieuwemeerdijk. He came walking towards them with the knife in his hand. The man ignored verbal commands to stop, pepper spray and a warning shot. The police were only able to overpower him after a second shot to his leg.
The bodyguard of Amsterdam sex club owner Jan Otten was shot in the leg during an armed robbery early on Sunday morning. He was injured while fighting with two men trying to rob Otten.
The armed robbery happened in front of Otten's home on Hilverbeekstraat. Otten told the Telegraaf that he is "properly shaken up" by the incident. "I shouted at my guard: give them the bag, but he's not afraid of anything and first pushed me into my home and then went to fight with the robbers."
The police released surveillance camera footage of an armed robber being robbed by two other robbers in a Domino's Pizza on Kerstendijk in Rotterdam in April. The police are looking for all three robbers and call on anyone who recognizes them or has any information about their whereabouts to come forward.
A man was killed while struggling with two armed men who entered his home in Landgraaf, Limburg during the early hours of Wednesday morning. He bled out after being stabbed. His girlfriend and three children were left unharmed, the police said in a statement.
Arnhem man Albert K. was released from custody on Friday afternoon, his lawyer said to the Gelderlander. K. is suspected of hitting an armed robber with a delivery van, killing him, after he tried to rob K.'s home last week. '
K. is still a suspect, but does not have to await his trial in custody. "Albert was thrilled when I told him this news", the lawyer said to the Gelderlander. "This afternoon he can be with his family."
An Arnhem couple arrested last week for hitting an armed robber with a delivery van, killing him, ran the man over in a "panic" while trying to get away from him and his firearm, the lawyer representing the woman in the couple said to newspaper AD. "The image many people have of us is wrong", the 32-year-old woman said through her lawyer, Jori Schadd. We are the victims, not him."
The two people arrested in connection with an armed robbery on Limburgsingel in Arnhem on Thursday night, are the two residents of the home that was robbed, the Gelderlander reports. 34-year-old Albert K. and a 32-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of involvement in a fatal accident immediately after the robbery and some 70 meters from their home, according to the newspaper.
A Marktplaats ad for a Rolex worth 30 thousand euros may be the reason behind an armed robbery that turned fatal on Limburgsingel in Arnhem on Thursday night, local residents said to Gelderlander. One person was killed in the robbery.
The police are still keeping silent about the identity of the deceased person. According to the Gelderlander, the deceased man is one of the armed robbers, who was run over by a delivery van that one of the robbery victims was driving.
The police arrested two people in connection with an armed robbery in Arnhem on Thursday night in which one person was killed, ANP reports.
A spokesperson for the police would say nothing more than that a report of an armed robbery involving two perpetrators was received around 9:30 p.m. At the scene, officers found the body of one person. The police revealed nothing about the identity of the deceased person.
An armed robbery in a home on Limburgsingel in Arnhem left one person dead on Thursday night. According to the Gelderlander, the victim of the armed robbery ran the robber over with a van, killing him.
The police and Public Prosecutor now have access to the contents of 3.6 million messages sent through a network of specially customized BlackBerry smartphones. The authorities believe that these messages were sent by criminals, the Prosecutor announced on Thursday.
In April 2016 the network of Nijmegen business Ennetcom was taken off the air. According to the Public Prosecutor, a criminal investigation into Ennetcom was launched after the technology company surfaced in a number of investigations into assassinations.
The Public Prosecutor in Bonaire promised a $10 thousand, or around 8,800 euros, reward for the tip that leads to the arrest of the man responsible of shooting and killing a Dutch police officer on the island on Wednesday night,