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Poker heist haul still a mystery despite arrests

The Local · 24 Mar 2010, 08:53

Published: 24 Mar 2010 08:53 GMT+01:00

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One of the five suspects arrested had handed over the €4,000 – part of the €5,000 he received after the robbery, which took place at a poker tournament at Berlin’s luxury Park Hyatt hotel just over two weeks ago.

“The rest he spent on the run, according to the information he’s given,” said state prosecution spokesman Martin Steltner.

He said the members of the gang had been given highly unequal shares of the haul – with three of the robbers getting up to €45,000 each while another had to make do with €5,000. The largest share, €100,000, went to the gang’s mastermind.

This mastermind had “given his share to someone,” Steltner said.

With the vast majority of the haul still missing, police were looking for further suspects, including “clients and backers,” said police chief Dieter Glietsch.

The men had burst into the hotel at Potsdamer Platz at 2:15 pm on March 6, overrunning security guards and causing panic among the roughly 400 contestants in the European Poker Tour Tournament.

A security guard managed to disarm one of the men, grab a bag full of money and hold the man in a headlock, but he was freed by his accomplices. Several people were injured during the heist, but none seriously.

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The men then fled without their masks. They were filmed leaving and also left behind fingerprints and DNA evidence at the scene.

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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Your comments about this article

09:33 March 24, 2010 by Kayak
Hey, where did their eyes go?
09:50 March 24, 2010 by berlinski
So, they blank out their eyes now? But we have been seeing pictures of them all week and know what they look like. What is the point of this?
10:11 March 24, 2010 by William Thirteen
that way we can't see the $ signs in their eyes - or in this case the € signs....
00:23 March 25, 2010 by William Thirteen
i would consider the KaDeWe job (in 2009 actually) a work of genius if i thought that the twins had actually considered the DNA defense. I suppose at this point the flatfoots are just waiting for one of them to drop the ball. Remind me not to cross any identical twins!
07:34 March 25, 2010 by Cheney
Give me a break. Why did they blank out their eyes? The are the preferred class of Germans. Native Germans arent gullible voters. So the childless elite import a victim class who will reward their new protector with unquestioned support. A total supplanting of indigenous peoples. And where is the UN to protect this native people?. Speak of it never. Think of it always. We all know why they are trying to conceal them. Disgusting.
08:54 March 25, 2010 by Kayak
I found their pictures before they were pixelated.


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