A still from a video released by Romanian police of a similar heist in 2012
Sometimes, "reel" life mirrors "real" life and sometimes vice versa. The latter came true in Netherlands when a gang of five men pulled off a heist that has only been seen in the 'Fast and Furious' movies. Over the weekend, Dutch police arrested a Romanian gang for stealing iPhones worth nearly 6 million dollars from a moving vehicle.
The daring late-night robbery happened on July 24 when the five-member-gang reportedly drove their modified van right behind a delivery truck along the A73 highway in Horst, Netherlands. One of the suspects then got out of the van and walked across its hood to climb on to the truck, said Dutch police spokesman Ed Kraszewski. He then passed the iPhones boxes back to his accomplice through the hole on the roof of the modified van.
The gang has reportedly pulled off 17 such robberies since 2015 but the cops had their doubts due to lack of evidence. Most of these robberies targeted high-end smartphones.
"The truck was taking its freight from A to B and did not stop. Even so, [the phones] were gone. So it must have happened that way. And now we finally have the evidence, with the van and the loot," said Ed Kraszewski.
The group was arrested on Saturday at a holiday park in Central Netherlands where cops managed to recover the stolen iPhones and the modified van used in the loot.
Back in 2012, Romanian Police released chopper footage of a similar heist where a gang drove up next to a moving truck and stole goods.