Five people have been arrested in France on charges of stealing a Swiss cash register truck carrying cash and valuables worth around 20 million francs ($ 21.8 million) in 2019.
This content was published on May 4, 2021 – 14:54
After several months of investigation, French and Swiss police arrested the five French nationals in Lyon and Annemasse, near Geneva, according to a statement released Tuesday by the Vaud cantonal police. Operations are still ongoing in France and Switzerland, the statement added.
The suspects – aged 31 to 42 – are accused of having participated in the spectacular theft of a postal van in Daillens, north of Lausanne, on December 2, 2019. At around 7.40 pm, the vehicle was stopped by two vehicles and the couriers were expelled at gunpoint. The perpetrators managed to open the doors of the van using explosives and seized the cargo. They then set fire to three vehicles before fleeing the scene. No one was injured in the attack.
The thieves fled with money, watches, gold bars and precious stones worth a total of 20 million francs, said Jean-Christophe Sauterel, spokesperson for the Vaud cantonal police, to the Keystone-SDA News Agency.
The attack was part of a series of nocturnal thefts of cash delivery vehicles in the canton of Vaud in French-speaking Switzerland. There have been 11 such attacks since 2006, several of which were violent, with assailants shooting at van drivers and in some cases hitting them.