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Police arrest Berlin poker heist mastermind

DDP/DPA/The Local · 22 Mar 2010, 11:12

Published: 22 Mar 2010 11:12 GMT+01:00

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According to daily Berliner Zeitung, the suspect is the 28-year-old uncle of one of the other suspects already in custody.

Investigators believe he helped plan the armed robbery and drove the getaway vehicle parked outside Berlin’s luxury Park Hyatt hotel where the tournament was underway.

The man, who is reportedly of Lebanese background, was arrested on Sunday evening.

Four masked men armed with machetes managed to swipe some €240,000 in buy-in money from the tournament on March 6. Police are still looking for the money.

The four robbers are in police custody after another two suspects were arrested on Saturday.

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The arrests concluded a sweeping international search effort to track the suspects with names and photos. Police chief Dieter Glietsch said early on that he was certain the four thieves would be arrested quickly, but a full week passed before investigators achieved key breaks in the case.

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Your comments about this article

12:41 March 22, 2010 by William Thirteen
i suspect "Mastermind" may be an exaggeration. Perhaps "40 watt in a room full of 30 watts" might come closer to the mark....
14:57 March 22, 2010 by berlinski
LOL @William Thirteen. Or more like a lit match in a blackout.
15:07 March 22, 2010 by Eagle1
The heist mastermind is an old Mercedes? Those guys in Stuttgart are good.
18:43 March 22, 2010 by Celeon
Indeed ! If these guys are complete idiots, then what does being their mastermind makes you? :-D
21:52 March 22, 2010 by wood artist

In a world filled with the blind, a one-eyed man is king.

02:24 March 26, 2010 by peschvogel
Ju don't know wo i am? Ju mess with da bess. Even Tony Montana ran his business better than these clowns.

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