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Romania targets ‘academy of criminals’ network

Romania targets ‘academy of criminals’ network

BUCHAREST: Romanian authorities arrested 26 people on Thursday over links to the so-called academy of criminals, a network suspected of robbing jewellery stores across Europe, anti-mafia prosecutors said.

The network, which has now been dismantled, was organised like a military unit, with strict rules and tough training sessions for its 100 or so members.

“Each robbery lasted 60 seconds at most, with each participant playing a clearly pre-defined role,” prosecution official Georgiana Hosu said.

The academy is suspected of robbing jewellery stores in Britain, France, Germany and Belgium, making off with a booty valued at a total of 10 million euros ($10.8 million), she said.




Before each robbery, academy members would closely examine security measures in place in and around the shop, in order to secure a safe exit.

Published in Dawn, April 24th, 2015

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