Crooks - posing as police at fake checkpoint - hit Brinks van in major heist
These days the area around Slavkov near Brno is probably best-known for recreations of the famous Battle of Austerlitz where Napoleon was victorious in 1805. But on Wednesday it saw excitement of a different nature: numerous police - complete with helicopter circling overhead - searching for clues at the scene of the second largest heist in the country's history. In the area, early on Wednesday, crooks - posing as police - waved down a Brinks truck that thought it was stopping for a routine control check. Within seconds, its occupants were forced at gunpoint to give up their cargo: a lot of money, as you might guess.
Four or five masked men reportedly quickly surrounded the armoured van and - at gunpoint - forced its occupants to open the back, allowing the thieves to grab the money inside. Shortly after that, a second escape car appeared and members of the masked gang drove off, leaving the Brinks crew no doubt shaken but otherwise uninjured. Only then were the authorities called.
Not surprisingly, the Brink's Company has not revealed any official numbers or information other than to say that its client will - understandably - suffer no damages following the theft: the money that thieves made off with was insured. According to an unofficial source the thieves made off with more than 80 million crowns, roughly the equivalent of 3.6 million US dollars. No doubt, the gang will now do its best to elude justice, but if caught and brought to trial those who were involved can expect to receive long sentences: up to fifteen years in jail.