Money truck robberies: Police arrest Reemtsma kidnappers


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Money truck robberies – police catch Reemtsma kidnappers

Arrested for three robberies - furniture store Frankfurt / Main

A note from forensics marks a bullet hole at the Ikea furniture store in the Nieder-Eschbach district of Frankfurt: shots were fired here in a robbery in 2019

Source: dpa / Frank Rumpenhorst


 The  Dutch police have caught a German who is said to be responsible for serious robberies on money transporters in Cologne and Frankfurt. ©

 The  60-year-old is no stranger: Reemtsma kidnapper Thomas Drach.

Dhe police in the Netherlands arrested a 60-year-old German who is said to have been involved in three robberies on money transporters in Cologne and Frankfurt am Main. ©

 The  public prosecutor in Cologne announced on Tuesday that the man was accused of serious joint robbery in three cases and of violating the War Weapons Control Act. ©

 The  man is the convicted Reemtsma kidnapper Thomas Drach.


 The  “Bild” newspaper reported on it first. ©

 The  now 60-year-old kidnapped the Hamburg millionaire Jan Philipp Reemtsma in 1996 and blackmailed the family for around 16 million euros. He was released from custody in 2013 – the same year that his last hiding place was exposed.


 The  man had been wanted with a European arrest warrant. In which city in the Netherlands the police arrested the 60-year-old on Tuesday morning, the authority did not initially announce.

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Thomas Drach


 The  robberies were carried out in March 2018 and March 2019 in Cologne and in November 2019 in Frankfurt am Main. All three cases followed a similar pattern: the perpetrators ambushed the money messengers on their transporter, escaped with a stolen car and then set it on fire nearby. After that, they continued their escape in other cars.

Suspect used assault rifle

In the attack at the airport in Cologne-Bonn in 2019, the 60-year-old is said to have used a machine gun. In the burned-out car wreck in Cologne-Porz, investigators had discovered an assault rifle, which, according to the public prosecutor, is the murder weapon. At that time, a money messenger was seriously injured by gunfire, and according to the police, he was also in mortal danger for a short time.

In the attack in front of a furniture store in Frankfurt, a money messenger was seriously injured by gunfire.


 The  police in Cologne and Frankfurt had searched for the perpetrators with a large contingent. ©

 The  robbery in Cologne-Godorf was also shown in November 2018 in the ZDF program “Aktenzeichen XY … ungelöst”, and in August 2020 the case from Frankfurt was also shown there. ©

 The  investigators from Frankfurt also showed pictures of the alleged perpetrator – in a white hoodie and black sweatpants – and the escape vehicle.


 The  police had long suspected a connection between the incidents. ©

 The  robbery in March 2018 in Cologne-Godorf took place in front of a furniture store, just like the one in Frankfurt 2019. In addition, after the attack at Cologne Airport, the investigators announced that the money transporter belonged to the same company that had already been attacked in Cologne-Godorf be.

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During the raid, police officers stand in front of a late night purchase in Berlin-Neukölln

Assumptions that members of the former Red Army faction could have been involved in the acts were not confirmed in the investigation, according to the report. ©

 The  Cologne public prosecutor’s office issued a European arrest warrant against the 60-year-old German. ©

 The  extradition of the man to Germany has already been requested. ©

 The  public prosecutor did not provide any information on possible other perpetrators on Tuesday.

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