Masked robbers in Istanbul identified as suspended police officers
ISTANBUL – Doğan News Agency
The two robbers caught on CCTV wearing masks and sneaking into the headquarters of a textile company in Istanbul’s Bayrampaşa district were previously suspended from their posts in the Esenyurt district on charges of threatening a businessman, it was revealed on March 16.
In the Feb. 11 robbery they reportedly stole 50,000 Turkish Liras, $9,800, 8,500 euros, the keys to five cars, cheques and bonds, breaking the safe deposit box of the textile company at around 5 a.m.
A police patrol squad subsequently asked for their IDs while they were sitting in a car in front of the company headquarters, and they introduced themselves as suspended police officers. After the squad came back 30 minutes later they ran away on foot but were later captured at a house in the Bahçelievler district.
Police are continuing to seek three other people suspected of being members of the gang behind the robbery.