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Karlsruhe robbers thought to be evasive "Gentlemen" duo

The Local · 11 Dec 2010, 09:11

Published: 11 Dec 2010 09:11 GMT+01:00

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Investigators must wait for the results of DNA testing to confirm whether the Czech married couple involved in Friday's robbery match that profile.

The alarm at the bank in central Karlsruhe was sounded around 4 p.m. on Friday afternoon. After leaving the building, the robbers were intercepted by police about 30 meters from the bank. The pair immediately opened fire.

Police shot and killed one of the robbers, a 40-year-old man. The injuries sustained by his female accomplice, 38, indicated a probable suicide.

"The bullet likely penetrated through the mouth," an investigator said.

A 28-year old female police officer was injured in the shoot-out, but police said her condition was not life-threatening. No bystanders were hurt.

Head of police Roland Lay said the duo, who were armed with pistols and wearing wigs, glasses and caps, were likely surprised to see that customers were still in the bank when they arrived.

The pair had been staying at a nearby hotel, and both robbers were carrying identification at the time of the botched hold-up.

The "Gentlemen Robbers" got their nickname after the pair apologised during one of their earlier robberies. They also reportedly returned the car keys of a getaway vehicle to their rightful owner.

But police said the tag was a misnomer and "in no way" justified. "The perpetrators never left any doubt that they would use their weapons," the spokesman said.

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Investigators believe the Friday hold-up was the 21st by the "Gentlemen Robbers," who according to the federal criminal police (BKA) wanted list had committed 20 robberies at banks in the German states of Rhineland-Palatinate and Baden-Württemberg.

Their last known operation took place on July 13 at another bank in Karlsruhe.


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Your comments about this article

10:17 December 11, 2010 by catjones
The robbery wasn't botched, it was the escape.
10:05 December 13, 2010 by LukeMatt
There are many more details, but the news media is not publishing them outside of the Czech Republic.

The robbers lived in a small Czech village named "Dubenec" in southern Bohemia (population ~500).

Woman had a 20-year-old son from a previous marriage.

Whenever they wanted to rob a bank, they told the son "We are going to visit friends for a couple of days". Then, they traveled to Germany to commit the robbery.

The man told his stepson that he worked as a "bookmaker".

More details are available here (http://www.novinky.cz/krimi/219444-nebyli-to-zadni-bohaci-rika-soused-o-ceskych-lupicich-z-karlsruhe.html). It¦#39;s written in Czech, but you can run it through Google Translate.
12:52 October 4, 2011 by SheilaO
Sensitive cases must be studied and investigated properly in order not to destroy the credibility of the involved official or the investigating unit in general. To ensure peace and order, every case whether it is minor or serious must be addressed respectively. The standard quantity of bank robberies has been going up since the economic collapse. In just three days, a single male swindled banks three times. The distinctive thing was that he robbed the same financial institution all three times. The man got some fast cash advances with the robberies.
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