Robbery at the Sumatrastraat store; suspect arrested

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Amsterdam – On the early evening of Monday, March 18, 2024, an armed robbery took place in Sumatrastraat in Amsterdam East. The suspect entered the store with a weapon in his hand while an employee and two customers were present. The employee was able to escape to the toilet and called the police. Rushing officers were then able to arrest the suspect.

Around 7:45 p.m., the Operational Center received several reports of a robbery in Sumatrastraat. The suspect was said to still be in the store involved at that time. The man was carrying a weapon in his hand, wearing a balaclava and gloves. Colleagues immediately went in that direction and took up positions around the store. The suspect then came out without any loot. Because it was a report of an armed robbery, several colleagues drew their weapons. The suspect was then arrested in front of the store and transferred to a cell complex. Both the staff member and the customers were shocked by this robbery, especially by the threat of the weapon. Fortunately, no one was injured and victim assistance will be offered. The arrested suspect is a 21-year-old man from Almere.

Further investigation revealed that although the weapon the suspect had with him appeared to be real, it turned out not to be a real firearm.

The police always take reports of armed incidents very seriously, with the main aim of ensuring the safety of both citizens and police colleagues. Any call involving a weapon is treated with the highest priority, with all necessary resources deployed to control the situation. Later, thorough investigation will determine whether the reported weapon was actually real.

The police are further investigating this robbery by, among other things, interviewing the complainant, witnesses and viewing images. After this investigation, the judiciary will make a decision about prosecution. If you have information about this robbery and have not yet shared it with the police, please contact us using the options below. Also contact us if you need aftercare.

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