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.
Police in Venlo arrested four men accused of ripping off the Holland Casino location there. The suspects were also persons of interest in similar crimes investigated by Interpol, and may have targeted other casinos in Europe including in the Netherlands.
Officers said the suspects tried to manipulate the results of an automatic roulette machine by first breaking the lid, then lifting the glass off the game. “After that, the ball was probably stopped in the ‘right’ box after which it registered a ‘win,’” police said in a statement.
Two men who got stuck in the snow during a ski tour in Davos, Switzerland, were rescued thanks to a call to the Netherlands. The two men could not remember the emergency number, so one of them called his girlfriend in Utrecht, who in turn called the emergency services, NU.nl reports.
The woman got the men's coordinates via a GPS app and then passed it on to the Midden-Nederland control room. The control room passed the information on to Interpol, who sent a helicopter to rescue the duo.
Jos B., the man suspected of killing 11-year-old Nicky Verstappen in 1998, will be extradited to the Netherlands on Wednesday. He will be picked up in Spain with a special plane and brought to the Netherlands under the guard of Interpol employees, Spanish public broadcaster RTVE reports based on sources.
Interpol withdrew an international arrest warrant against Shehzad Hemani, who had his daughter Insiya kidnapped from Amsterdam in September 2016. The Public Prosecutor does not accept this and will keep trying to have Hemani arrested, NOS reports.
The Dutch embassy in Malaysia asked European police service Interpol to look into the death of 19-year-old Ivana Smit in Kuala Lumpur last week. The Dutch model's naked body was found on the sixth floor balcony of her hotel on Thursday. The local police believe she fell from a room on the 20th fall in an accident, RTL Nieuws reports.
According to newspaper AD, Ivana called her boyfriend around 7:25 a.m. on Thursday and told him that she was with an American couple after a night out. Her naked body was found around 3:00 p.m.
Interpol intercepted over 25 million illegal and potentially dangerous medicines in an international operation involving 123 countries. In the Netherlands, customs officers seized 50 thousand illegal medicines, the Healthcare Inspectorate said in a press release, RTL Nieuws reports.
Terrence de V., an internationally sought fugitive for a murder in Suriname, was arrested with 140 kilos of cocaine in Amsterdam last year. But due to a mistake, the Dutch authorities did not know that De V. is wanted by the Suriname police. He was released to await his trial in freedom, and disappeared without a trace, Het Parool reports.
Siblings Willem and Karin Geertsma disappeared from their home on Lange Kerkstraat in Terneuzen on March 2nd. They are now listed on the police's missing persons list, as well as on Interpol.
The number of names on the Netherlands' national terrorism list doubled over the past year. There are now 39 individuals and three organizations on the list, Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs announced on Sunday, on the eve of of a large international conference on terrorism in The Hague.
Turkish authorities arrested a 27 year old Dutch woman in the province of Antalya, Turkey, Turkish news agency Anadolu Agency reports.
The organizers of the Lowlands festival in Biddinghuizen, Flevoland have announced 22 new acts for the multi-day event. The line-up will include the Concertgebouw Orchestra, for which 120 musicians will take to the stage.
Europol has forcibly seized over 2,500 tons of fake and below-standard food from 47 countries through a joint operation with international policing agency Interpol dubbed "Operation Opson IV."
At least 118 arrests have been made in connection with a global investigation aimed at ending the fraudulent purchase of airline tickets. Arrests came via the Global Airport Action, an alliance formed by centers at Europol in The Hague, Interpol in Singapore and Ameripol in Bogota. Several of those arrested were in the Netherlands.
International policing agency Interpol has released a new list of its Most Wanted Criminals suspected of environmental crimes. Amongst those on the list is 55-year-old Nicolaas "Nico" Antonius Cornelis Maria Duindam, a Dutchman last seen in the Netherlands.
Authorities on the Caribbean island of Trinidad have signed off on the extradition of a Dutch national to Singapore to stand trial for fraud.