Published On: Fri, Dec 28th, 2012

Press Release Curacao Police: Seven arrested during operation Gold Heist – one was freed afterwards

WILLEMSTAD – On Friday November 30 around 4:30 am, masked men in jackets emblazoned with the word “police” boarded a fishing boat in Curacao and stole 70 gold bars worth an estimated $11.5 million. The boat’s captain was struck in the head in the early-morning assault before the thieves made off with the gold in three cars. Authorities believe there were at least six men involved in the heist.

The Curacao Police under coordination of the Public Prosecution continued its investigation and on December 27, 2012 in the afternoon hours this investigation reached its peak during a raid with the arrest of seven suspects:

• At a jeweler store in Otrabanda (downtown Willemstad) one man was arrested; G.T.R. (43 years old);
• At Santa Rosaweg a man was arrested; A.J.D.D., born in Boneiru (46);
• At a house in Boca Sam a woman was arrested; M.D.C.P.B., born in Venezuela, (45);
• At a house in Mahuma two men were arrested respectively: J.L.F.S., born in Venezuela, (44) and L.A.F.S born in   Venezuela, (28);
• At Seru Loraweg two men were arrested respectively: R.R.P., born in Curacao, (46) and S.P.A.E., born in Curacao (22).

After the interrogation the man S.P.A.E. was released while the other suspects were kept under arrest for more investigation. During the investigation the police have confiscated articles that are very important for the case.

In the preliminary part of the investigation the customs also participated actively. Furthermore because this investigation has some international aspect to it, the Police Corps has communication with the authorities from these countries.

The investigation in this case continues.

Image: Mariano Luis Heyden

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