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Second poker heist bandit arrested

AFP · 18 Mar 2010, 08:08

Published: 18 Mar 2010 08:08 GMT+01:00

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A 21-year-old German, escorted by his lawyer, presented himself at the prosecutor's office in Berlin on Monday and confessed to taking part in the heist, Sjors Kamstra, a spokesman for prosecutors, told a news conference.

The man had "an immigrant background" and "after intensive questioning, named his accomplices," he said.

He had also offered to return his share of the €242,000-booty, police said, although the money was currently stashed "with a third party."

The other gang members were a 19-year-old German, a 20-year-old from Turkey and another 20-year-old of unknown nationality, Kamstra said, presenting photos of the three fugitives.

Later Wednesday a second suspect, aged 20, was arrested "without resistance" after presenting himself to routine security officers in a metro station in the city, police said, without giving his nationality.

"In my opinion, the robbery on the poker championship in the Hyatt can be considered largely solved," Kamstra said.

In a spectacular daylight robbery likened by some media to the Hollywood blockbuster "Ocean's 11," the masked gang of four burst into the hotel near Berlin's Potsdamer Platz wielding machetes and handguns.

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In chaotic scenes captured on television, they snatched bags of cash and struggled with security guards, one of whom managed to recover a bag, and sped away in a black Mercedes-Benz.

The tournament, the German leg of the European Poker Tour, attracted around 950 participants including German tennis legend Boris Becker with €4.7 million in prize money up for grabs.

The game continued after the raid, and the top prize of €1 million eventually went to American online poker star Kevin "ImaLuckSac" MacPhee.

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Your comments about this article

09:06 March 18, 2010 by Fatz Lewinski
I wonder if these are the kind of people that should spread Turkish culture that Erdogan was referring to :)
15:13 March 18, 2010 by dbert4
Yes, I'm afraid it is.
16:30 March 18, 2010 by William Thirteen
as opposed to these paragons of European culture

16:36 March 18, 2010 by michael4096
so, I guess the police will draw on this pair hoping for a full house
17:11 March 18, 2010 by moreanon
Nobody's fooled by pretending those people are Germans, but their crime was the stuff of Hollywood movies.
18:22 March 18, 2010 by mixxim
It is noticable that a disproportionate amount of crime is committed by immigrants or their descendants. This is also obvious in the UK. Why do our politicians continue to force this on us?
20:23 March 18, 2010 by dbert4
" Why do our politicians continue to force this on us? "

Easy question to answer, to keep wages down. It's the same story in Europe and the US. At the behest of business interests, the political class promotes immigration as a means of, "revitalizing" society. Or to make up for a low birth rate. Or as one "Moron" on this blogs often repeats because of, "brain drain".

But thats all BS, it's keep wagesdepressed for the citizens and providse a still cheaper labor source of immigrants. The reality is, from an established society like the West, "brain drain" occurs because the wages are lower than other places.
23:24 March 18, 2010 by froogler#1
Loool..."He had also offered to return his share of the €242,000-booty," OH REALLY? Booty or bounty, you mean?
03:15 March 19, 2010 by hanskarl
Germany does not have to look far to find its own internal nemesis:

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