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Stolen van - and 12 bodies - found in Poland

The Local · 23 Oct 2012, 16:33

Published: 23 Oct 2012 16:33 GMT+02:00

Officers who checked the coffins contain bodies were reassured to find they were intact, Polish police spokeswoman Hanna Wachowiak said on Tuesday.

“It was not like it was a mushroom-hunter who found them. This is the result of an intensive police operation since the theft,” she added.

The van was found near Krolikow, central Poland, a week after it was stolen from a car park in the Hoppegarten area of Berlin.

Police arrested two men aged 25 and 27 in Poznan over the weekend, and are hunting for two others thought to have been involved in the theft of the van and two other vehicles.

Wachowiak said it did not seem as if the thieves had any idea what was in the van when they took it. The bodies had been set for cremation in Meißen.

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Your comments about this article

19:19 October 23, 2012 by raandy
WoW, my wife always tells me" if my auto is missing in Germany today it will be in Poland tomorrow"

although one of my Polish students told me a different version "come to Poland for your holiday as your auto is already here."
21:00 October 23, 2012 by Englishted
Fancy waking up dead and then finding you are in Poland,thats unlucky .
22:52 October 23, 2012 by wood artist
So, does this mean the Poland is the new Erebus?

wa
04:06 October 24, 2012 by coffeelover
One last all expense paid holiday to Poland if you sign up for this month's special cremation package. Local guides included.
21:57 October 24, 2012 by puisoh
raandy, it is called 'Today stolen, tomorrow in Polen'.
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