Police in the Netherlands issued a blunt warning telling the public to be on the lookout for cybercriminals using the coronavirus to swindle people. The scammers often use fake emails or fake text messages to obtain personal information from their victims, police said in a statement.
Police in Amsterdam say a 21-year-old Scottish man who was visiting the city for a weekend visit disappeared after leaving his hotel Saturday morning. Matthew McCombe was last seen leaving the Novotel in Amsterdam Zuid at about 6:15 a.m. walking towards the RAI convention center, police told NL Times based on images captured by security cameras.
He was in town to celebrate his birthday with some friends. All of his belongings, including his phone and wallet, were left in his hotel room, police said. He has not been heard from since leaving.
The alleged partner of suspected organized crime boss Ridouan Taghi was reportedly arrested in Colombia after evading authorities in the Netherlands for years. Saïd R. is suspected of involvement in a series of street assassinations, failed homicide attempts, and abandoned murder plots known as the Marengo criminal process.
Eight railcars belonging to national rail operator NS were thoroughly covered in silver spray paint as they sat idle at the station in Wormerveer, Noord-Holland. Vandals painted all windows and doorways along the platform side of a pair of four-car trains, which were coupled in the middle.
"We find this incredibly antisocial," a spokesperson for the NS told RTL Nieuws. The affected train was removed from service and replaced with another vehicle. The NS said it has to remove the paint and clean the train.
After five years on the run, police in The Hague captured one of the United Kingdom's most wanted criminals on Christmas Day. Daniel Burdett, a 28-year-old man from Liverpool, was picked up on "ten charges of conspiracy to import firearms and conspiracy to supply class A and B drugs," the UK National Crime Agency (NCA) said on Thursday.
The Liverpudlian was taken into custody by Dutch officers as he sat down to Christmas dinner at a Hague restaurant. "Delighted with this little Christmas present," said NCA Director General Lynne Owens on social media.
Police investigating an aggressive man on the streets of central Rotterdam led to the accidental discovery of thousands of euros in loose cash. The suspect was trying to cover something up when he was taken into custody, and the pile of money plopped out of his clothes, police said.
Officers monitoring a security camera saw a man with a bottle of liquor trying to pick a fight with anyone who walked past him. When police arrived on scene the man took off running, but was found soon after hiding under a delivery van.
A fight spiraled out of control and apparently led to the fatal stabbing of a man on the street in the Zuid-Holland city Spijkenisse. The first ambulance was sent to the Rammenasdreef just before midnight with two more sent in the first hour of Tuesday morning.
A short while later, police announced they were securing the scene for a stabbing incident. "The man died despite the efforts of emergency services," police said.
The head of the national cases division of the Public Prosecutor's Office (OM) is being put forward by top cop Erik Akerboom to become the Chief of Police in Rotterdam. If appointed by Royal Decree, Fred Westerbeke will take over on April 1.
An investigation was ongoing into a weekend mystery where a dead body was found inside a car fished out of the Nieuwe Maas river. Police in Rotterdam say they arrested the driver of the car, a 38-year-old Rotterdammer, who managed to escape the vehicle despite having a stab wound.
It was not immediately clear how or when the car wound up in the water, but the Rotterdam driver emerged from the water between 2:30 a.m. and 3 a.m. on Sunday. He was taken to an area hospital by ambulance, police said.
Police in Amsterdam are looking for a man suspected of the repeated sexual harassment and assault of young women and girls. Investigators think the man may be responsible for at least a dozen attacks over a period of nearly twenty years.
Security camera footage of the man was released on Friday. One of the alleged assaults is shown in the video.
An explosive device found on an ATM in Amsterdam prompted a heavy overnight response from police in the capital city. Two suspects were at large, and the unexploded ordinance was detonated in an isolated area without incident.
It is the first known incident of an explosive found or used at an Amsterdam cash machine since the machines were largely shutdown overnight. This measure was meant to prevent thieves from using explosives and combustible gas as a method for breaking the machines open and stealing the cash inside.
A rush hour collision between a police vehicle and a civilian auto left one man hurt Thursday evening in Doetinchem. The victim was seriously wounded and transported to an area hospital after he was pulled from the wreckage by fire fighters.
The crash happened when a passenger car attempting to turn from Bedrijvenweg to Europaweg was struck by a police vehicle responding to a dispatch call. The police car's emergency lights and siren were activated at the time of the incident, newspaper AD and broadcaster Omroep Gelderland reported.
Three people were hurt in a shooting at a McDonald's restaurant in Den Helder. One of those suspected in the shooting was arrested while police say a second suspect is still on the loose.
The incident happened just before midnight on Friday along the Verkeerstorenweg in the quiet Noord-Holland city. Police said the victims were sitting in a car when the gunmen arrived on a scooter and opened fire.
A 48-year-old man from Leeuwarden was arrested. Police said he was caught on the scooter used as a getaway vehicle.
Amsterdam police investigating an international cocaine ring found 12.8 million euros in cash. Police said the wrapped bundles of paper money was a "record amount", seized over two weeks ago during a search of five homes on September 12.
Seven people were arrested at four of the homes, including two Colombian women and a Colombian man, two Albanian men, a man from Morocco, and another from New Zealand.
An investigation into a grizzly report of a dead body wrapped in plastic garbage bags determined that the alleged corpse was actually a doll. Police responded to the underground garbage containers outside a nine-story apartment building on President Kennedylaan in Amsterdam Zuid at about 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday where the "mortal remains" were found.
"Extensive research was then done on site, which turned out to be a doll."
Authorities say a girl found injured in a stabbing at a house in Breda has died. The young girl killed on Monday afternoon was reportedly 15 years of age.
Police confirmed that an underage suspect was taken into custody at another location in Breda. He is 16, according to Nu.nl.
Neighbors near the Bilderdijkstraat location said that the girl lived at the home alone with her mother, reported AD.
A group of men say they were assaulted and harassed during Pride celebrations in Amsterdam over a week ago while waiting to enter Club Church for the Gay Pride (Z)onderbroek party.
One of the men Loki, a 37-year-old international civil rights attorney, accused the owner of the next door restaurant De Sneeker Pan, of “harassing and yelling” at him and a few other patrons to get off the sidewalk as they waited for Club Church to open its doors.
For immediate emergency attention call 088-6628240, police said.
Customs investigators in Antwerp seized a massive amount of cocaine hidden in a rice shipment at the port there. Over three thousand kilos of cocaine was found, with an estimated street value of 150 million euros.
The drug packages, valued at 150 million euros, were found during a routine search. The shipment was likely destined for the Den Haag region, according to Dutch police. No arrests were made in the case.
A 26-year-old man already in police custody for vandalism was arrested on Monday in connection with the seemingly random fatal stabbing of a runner in Groningen. The suspect, also from Groningen, was being held for the murder as of 1:15 p.m.
Police in Breda apprehended a 43-year-old man who escaped from the psychiatric institution where he was serving a sentence for a criminal conviction. The man, who police had said was "extremely dangerous," was on leave from the facility but failed to return on Saturday as scheduled.
One person was killed in an explosion on a passenger train car in Nijmegen on Sunday morning. There were no passengers on the train at the time, which was sitting idle in a rail yard at the time of the powerful blast, police said.
Witness accounts suggest that parts of the train came to rest dozens of meters away from the affected train car. Crime is not suspected in the incident, which took place around 9:45 a.m.
Police in Utrecht made an unusual discovery on Tuesday when they discovered a secret tunnel running below several homes along the J.P. Coenstraat. Investigators think the 18-meter-long hidden corridor was only recently created, but residents say they have no idea how or when it was constructed.
De Dragon Runner van de EOD kruipt zometeen het gangenstelsel onder de J.P. Coenstraat door. pic.twitter.com/RUPOJeytlz