Since May of this year, only 39 percent of transactions in the Netherlands were paid for with cash, compared to around 60 percent in 2014, according to new figures from Dutch central bank DNB and the Dutch Payments Association. DNB is concerned about the rapidly decreasing use of cash money. A cashless society is "vulnerable", DNB cash director Coen Voormeulen said to newspaper AD.
Four Dutch and a German were caught with 300 kilograms of cocaine on a yacht near Mallorca on Sunday. They were arrested by the Spanish authorities, NOS reports.
On Tuesday the police recovered seven valuable paintings that were stolen from a resident of Voerendaal. The paintings include works by Mondriaan, Mesdag, Tischbein and V. Kulagina, among others, and are worth hundreds of thousands of euros, the police said in a statement on Thursday. Three suspects were arrested.
The police arrested three men in Rotterdam for money laundering after discovering 220 thousand euros in cash in a trash can in a home on Philip Vingboonsstraat.
Surveillance officers spotted a suspicious car on Boezemweg on Tuesday evening. They decided to follow the car. On Philip Vingboonsstraat the passenger of the car got out, took a package from a man at the door of a home, and got back into the car.
On Friday interim Amsterdam mayor Jozias van Aartsen ordered that a home on De Klencke be locked down for three months following the discovery of large amounts of hard drugs in the home late in March, the Amsterdam municipality announced on Monday.
4.53 kilograms of MDMA, almost 40 thousand euros in cash, a sealing device, packaging materials and a gas gun were found in the home, NU.nl reports.
A robbery targeting safety deposit boxes at a Rabobank branch in Oudenbosch over the weekend, may be one of the biggest bank robberies in Netherlands history. At least 300 safety deposit boxes were emptied, and the robbers got away with between 5 and 15 million euros, the Telegraaf reports.
According to the newspaper, many of the safety deposit boxes contained cash and even gold bars - there was so much cash and gold that the robbers could not take everything.
On Thursday the police arrested two Amsterdam residents, age 28 and 30 years, after finding 50 thousand euros in cash in a hidden compartment in their car during a large traffic check on the A9. Three people from The Hague were also arrested when the police found an airsoft weapon, soft drugs and a large amount of cash in their car, Het Parool reports.
The Rotterdam police arrested a 26-year-old scooter rider last week after finding several cellphones and over 100 thousand euros in cash on his person. The man could not explain why he had so much money on him, AD reports.
On Wednesday afternoon a man lost 16 thousand euros on a train between Rotterdam and Amersfoort. He fell asleep on the train, woke up when he had to change trains at Amersfoort and forgot his bag full of cash on the train. "We are distraught", his friend Mariska Berendsen said to Hart van Nederland. The man himself wants to remain anonymous.
The man had the bag of money with him because he just sold his Audi in Rotterdam. "I told him it was not a good idea. I warned him all day", Mariska said. "Why the car was paid for in cash I do not know."
The police in Noord-Holland seaixed 1.1 million euros in cash, three banknote counters, three cars and lots of expensive designer clothes in Amsterdam, Haarlem and Hoorn last week in a large investigation into a criminal organization engaged in money laundering. Four suspects were arrested, the police said in a statement.
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 random search of two men during a preventative-search-action in Rotterdam Center on Thursday, August 4th, led the police to the discovery of 96 thousand euros in cash, the police said in a statement on Wednesday.
The police raided a total of 11 addresses in the northern parts of the Netherlands on Monday as part of a major investigation into cannabis cultivation and trafficking and money laundering. Three cannabis farms with a total of 3 thousand plants were discovered and dismantled.
The Rotterdam police discovered about a kilograms of what they believe is cocaine, a firearm and 100 thousand euros in cash after they decided to pull over and search a taxi based on one of the passenger's remarkably nervous behavior.
The arrest of a man for riding a scooter without a helmet led the police to the discovery of 150 thousand euros in cash and over 45 kilograms of cocaine during the early hours of Saturday morning, the police said in a statement.
Last year Dutch consumers made more debit card payments than cash payments for the first time ever, according to Dutch central bank DNB and Payments Association Netherlands
The Rotterdam police raided three homes in Rotterdam-Zuid on Tuesday in a narcotic investigation. Eleven people were arrested and firearms, drugs and cash were seized, the police announced.
The police released video footage of two armed men robbing an Albert Heijn store on Pieter Calandlaan in Amsterdam Osdorp on January 13th. They hope that information from the public may help lead to an arrest.
Much of the Slotervaart Hospital's business was done "off the books", with nothing written down. The hospital is accused of making millions of euros in profits by producing and distributing heroin and concealing the revenues.
Two owners of a coffeeshop in Vianen were arrested on Friday, October 30th, after police received a tip off. The police then raided two houses in Utrecht and Vianen as well as the coffee shop where they seized two firearms, ammunition, a large amount of drugs, and an even larger amount of cash, reported the police website.
The police discovered 2.5 kilograms of heroin in a home on Pernisstraat, Zoetermeer on Friday. Two suspects were arrested on suspicion of involvement in drug trafficking.
The police raided a coffee shop in Amsterdam Nieuw-West on Friday night as part of an Amsterdam assassination investigation. Ten suspects were arrested and a number of weapons were seized, including one machine gun. Mayor Eberhard van der Laan has decided to close down the coffee shop Gulum, which is located on Dijkgraafplein.
The police seized 50 thousand liters of chemicals and tens of thousands of euros in cash during a major police action in the southern parts of the Netherlands on Tuesday. Two people were arrested.
Police investigators discovered over 700,000 euros in cash after raiding a house on Desmijndijk in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant on Monday, police reported.