The Hague, Netherlands:
Armed robbers raided one of many world’s main artwork festivals within the Dutch metropolis of Maastricht on Tuesday, police stated, with video exhibiting them smashing a show case utilizing a sledgehammer.
Dramatic photos on social media confirmed 4 neatly dressed suspects finishing up the raid and threatening folks with what seemed to be handguns at The European Superb Artwork Truthful (TEFAF) within the southwestern metropolis.
Police stated they’d arrested two folks and had been trying to find the others.
“Police are investigating a potential armed theft of the TEFAF in Maastricht. 4 suspects are believed to be concerned. They’re now looked for by a number of models,” Limburg province police stated on Twitter.
The police stated they’d closed quite a lot of close by roads and a serious highway tunnel as they hunted the suspects.
Dutch media stated the show case focused by the robbers contained gadgets from a London jeweller.
TEFAF is among the greatest artwork festivals in Europe and commonly attracts tens of 1000’s of holiday makers.
It has been operating for greater than 30 years and was returning this yr after a break through the Covid pandemic.
Movies confirmed the 4 males sporting an obvious disguise of flat caps and glasses smashing their manner into a jewelry case.
Two of the lads brandished what seemed to be weapons at a bystander, who tried to intervene utilizing a big glass vase stuffed with flowers.
– ‘Shaking’ –
Footage on social media confirmed a shattered glass case on the exhibition.
One customer, Jos Stassen, advised Dutch public broadcaster NOS that he had gone to the exhibition on Tuesday to have a look at the artwork in peace.
“Usually it is vitally quiet… serene, however now I all of the sudden heard loads of noise and I flip round and all of the sudden noticed these males,” NOS quoted him as saying.
“One began beating and the others stored folks away, scared everybody. I additionally noticed a weapon. It went very quick and it lasted a really quick time, however I am nonetheless shaking just a little bit.”
The phrase “Peaky Blinders” started trending on social media within the Netherlands following the raid as a result of the caps worn by the suspects resemble these in a British historic crime drama of the identical identify.
It isn’t the primary time the TEFAF honest has been focused by criminals.
A hoop and a diamond necklace price 860,000 euros ($1.2 million on the time) belonging to a London jeweller had been stolen on the exhibition in 2011.
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