Monaco cameras and police create nightmare for would-be thieves
Professional burglars foiled by the Monegasque police
Through the window of a Monegasque building, two robbers in their twenties, a Serb and a Croat, took more than 50,000 euros of valuables including a luxury watch, a pen and jewelry. Usually, young thieves are deployed by experienced gang leaders. But it’s rare in Monaco for CCTV not to capture a robbery on camera – which meant these robbers would later be recognized by police when they were tempted to rob a second time in Monaco. And the police apprehended them on the street and immediately noticed that their papers indicating that they were Czechs and Romanians were false. Attempts to take fingerprints failed as they created a diversionary outcry to avoid being identified. It doesn’t matter because they were caught in possession of an offending screwdriver, a hard plastic card, gloves and scissors. Although they never admitted to the first burglary, they eventually confessed to their latest plan to steal bikes and scooters from a building basement. Five cold-hearted months in prison, they managed to secure a release before their trial which resulted in a one-year prison sentence, in absentia. An arrest warrant has been issued to capture them.
Win big at the casino, Monaco police prevent instant loss of thief
A tourist from the Principality had a most memorable time in the emerging casino with winnings of nearly 15,000 euros. It’s time to relax on a bench, smoke a cigarette, and enjoy the feeling of being a winner. Except that he was too relaxed and a little carefree and a young drunkard from France quickly searched his bag and fled with his winnings. Camera surveillance is omnipresent in the Principality and the young person was quickly apprehended – to the great happiness of the tourist again. After spending several nights in prison, the thief appeared before the judge. Disturbingly, he had a gun with him and cartridges too. He faces a four-month suspended prison sentence and is now prohibited from entering the Principality.
Amateur thieves caught red-handed
There are also simple crimes of expediency. Amateurs without weapons but a lack of honesty. And the opportunity presented itself in a high-end pastry shop in Monaco. Entering as customers, a Spanish student and a French waiter searched for the toilet and then saw their opportunity. A private room, a wallet on the table with hundreds of euros in it and several bank cards. Pocketing the money, they made their way out and headed to the ATMs to add to their pile of money using the stolen bank cards. But for lack of codes, all they managed to do was alert the banking system that they were trying to get money without the correct codes. There are security cameras both inside the premises and in all the streets of the Principality. The banks also alerted the police who quickly apprehended the two amateur thieves. No criminal record, but sadly that would be the start of a case – given that their rooster and bull stories in their defense left a bad impression on the judge. Each of them was given a 6-week suspended prison sentence and had to pay back the stolen money.