Middle-aged Czech couple believed to be wanted German robbers
A Czech married couple from a sleepy town in south Bohemia have turned out to be a pair of wanted bank robbers in neighbouring Germany. The pair are suspected of having robbed 20 bank outlets over the last 15 years, getting away with a total of around two million euros. On Friday, however, their luck ran out. The man died in a shoot-out with police in the German town of Karlsruhe, while the woman killed herself after seeing her accomplice killed by police bullets.
On Friday they left Dubenec together telling their son they were visiting relatives in Prague. Instead they headed for Karlsruhe in south west Germany for what appears to have been their twenty-first hold-up. The robbery went badly wrong. A clerk set off a silent alarm whilst he was handing over the cash and the nearest police patrol was there within two minutes. In the ensuing shoot-out, the man shot a female officer in the thigh and was gunned down by the police. His wife promptly turned her weapon on herself.
Police in the Czech Republic have now become involved in the investigation – and are trying to ascertain whether the couple may not have robbed banks in this country as well. Officially, both man and wife have a clean criminal record in the Czech Republic. It appears that since they teamed up neither sought any kind of employment, telling their son that they made a living as bookmakers.
The story has inevitably made a splash in the Czech media and the town of Dubenec is still coming to terms with the fact that two of its most inconspicuous inhabitants have suddenly become the new Bonnie and Clyde.