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Workers help steal €3 million in parts from BMW
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Workers help steal €3 million in parts from BMW

Published: 26 Nov 2010 15:15 GMT+01:00
Updated: 26 Nov 2010 15:15 GMT+01:00

A gang of thieves systematically stole up to €3 million worth of auto parts from the Munich BMW plant and sold them through internet auctions, police said Friday.

Two of the 18-member gang had worked for the auto maker for years, while another had worked as a contractor for the firm, investigator Robert Weber said.

Those three suspects are on remand. They face charges of theft, handling stolen goods and deception. The gang stole everything from blank keys to wheel covers to gear sticks, daily Süddeutsche Zeitung reported.

The big earner, though, was stealing and reselling car seats.

They forged production orders to have the seats made by factory colleagues. The seats were then pulled from production on the pretence of quality control.

Weber estimated the total losses to BMW at between €2 million and €3 million. The gang allegedly transferred their profits to foreign bank accounts, partly in Turkey.

The fraud was first identified by BMW’s own investigators, who then passed the matter on to police, company spokesman Michael Rebstock told Süddeutsche Zeitung. He said it was rare to see theft at a BMW plant.

“But with 31,000 workers in the Munich area, there can sometimes be a black sheep,” he said.

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15:42 November 26, 2010 by AusHessen
What a stupid comment:

¦quot;But with 31,000 workers in the Munich area, there can sometimes be a black sheep,¦quot; he said.

This is not a small auto part that was stolen Mr. Rebstock. Your company lost U$3 to U$4.5 million

on thieves under your nose and someone should be relieved from its duty at BMW corporate office in Munich.

Install a better security system and other precaution that would cost just a fraction. I'll do the job for far less if you hire me, Sir.
16:15 November 26, 2010 by Landmine
@AusHessen...

You're hired, now get to work...
23:54 November 26, 2010 by adipk
Yes you are ON.

Important thing was """" The gang allegedly transferred their profits to foreign bank accounts, partly in Turkey."""

HAHAHAHa Strange , They must investigate this, I am sure its more than 18 person gang. May be middle management is also involved.
02:55 November 27, 2010 by rfwilson
Given BMW's parts prices (especially for anything electronic), that 3 million euros doesn't amount to many parts! (OK, I exaggerate a little... but only a little!)
03:01 November 27, 2010 by zaly
BMW should investigate at every angle probably involve the corruption at higher level.
09:29 November 27, 2010 by catjones
What about their pensions? If you fire these people they'll lose their pensions. Please, give them a second chance.
13:20 November 27, 2010 by DinhoPilot
The workers are either ninjas or mujahideen... that's why they didn't got caught before. (Just kidding).

Just another incident, and they will blame on auslander workers, and say zee thats why we dontz hirez you!
21:03 November 28, 2010 by dbert4
@DinhoPilot - What? This had nothing to do with Auslanders......merely Germans with bank accounts in Turkey? Thank you for clearing that one up.
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