Tuesday, February 23, 2021
The police in the Netherlands have executed an arrest warrant against a 60-year-old German who is said to have been involved in three robberies on money transporters in Cologne and Frankfurt am Main. According to ntv information, it is Reemtsma kidnapper Thomas Drach.
The public prosecutor in Cologne reports that he has been accused of gross robbery in three cases and of a violation of the War Weapons Control Act, without mentioning Drach’s name. It is not known in which Dutch city the 60-year-old from the Rhineland was arrested that morning.
Drach was released nine years ago and has since gone into hiding. In 1996 he kidnapped the Hamburg millionaire Jan Philipp Reemtsma and extorted millions with it. After fleeing for two years, he was arrested and sent to prison.
The robberies were carried out in March 2018 in Cologne-Godorf in front of an Ikea market, in March 2019 at Cologne / Bonn Airport and in November 2019 in Frankfurt am Main. In the attack at the airport in Cologne / Bonn, the 60-year-old used a machine gun, the investigators explain. In this attack and in the act in Frankfurt, two money messengers were seriously injured by gunfire.
The cars were set on fire not far from the crime scene and the escape was continued with a second vehicle waiting. After the robbery at Cologne / Bonn Airport, an AK47 assault rifle was seized in the burned-out getaway vehicle.
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When evaluating the video recordings of the robbery at Cologne / Bonn Airport, the investigators were able to identify a getaway vehicle with which the perpetrators fled to the Netherlands. This vehicle could be secured.
The extradition of the man to Germany has already been requested.