The police raided homes in Utrecht, Amsterdam and Helmond on Tuesday morning, arresting five people on suspicion of involvement in explosive raids in Germany.
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23 to 28 years
The public prosecutor’s office in Düsseldorf says that there have been raids at nine locations in the Netherlands. The studies focus on ‘five Dutch-Moroccan citizens aged between 23 and 38’.
They are suspected of being involved in a total of 22 ATM explosions in Germany between May 20, 2021 and August 30, 2022, either as executive perpetrators or behind the scenes.
More than a million euros
These are explosions in Arnsberg, Bad Oeynhausen, Dormagen, Dortmund, Gelsenkirchen, Cologne, Löhne, Meerbusch, Pulheim, Sending, Viersen, Wesel (North Rhine-Westphalia), Braunschweig, Hannoversch Münden, Ihlow, Rinteln (Lower Saxony), Dierdorf , Montabaur , Trier (Rhineland-Palatinate), Homburg (Saarland), Gelnhausen (Hesse) and Schuttrange (Luxembourg).
In total, the perpetrators stole more than one million euros and caused more than two million euros in damage to property.
German law provides for prison sentences of one to fifteen years for each case of causing an explosion with an explosive device. Organized theft carries a prison sentence of one to ten years.