Austrian Post van robbery was faked

Austrian Post van robbery was faked
Police released this image of the suspect. Photo: APA/Police
The driver of an Austrian Post cash delivery van, who reported being robbed and handcuffed in his vehicle in Vienna earlier in August faked the robbery together with an ex-boyfriend, police have said.

The deputy head of the State Criminal Investigation Department, Colonel Michael Mimra, and Lieutenant Robert Klug told a press conference on Wednesday that the 37-year-old driver was bound and gagged by a friend, who then made off with the cash in the district of Brigittenau.

The post office employee had been collecting money from supermarket branches and should have taken it back to the Austrian Post headquarters. However, after visiting five supermarkets he was able to open the case of money without triggering an alarm.

The cash amounted to around half a million euros. But instead of sharing it as agreed with the driver, his accomplice made off with it and flew immediately to Turkey. Police have issued an international arrest warrant for him.

The driver eventually confessed to the police when he realised his friend wasn’t coming back, and he was then arrested. He spoke to his partner in crime on his mobile phone as the police arrested him. Robert Klug said the man’s response had been: “Catch me if you can but I’m planning to live the good life in Turkey with the money.”

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