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Police: Men stole $590,000 worth of iPhones from moving truck

UPI News Service, 08/01/2017 

Police in the Netherlands announced the arrests of five men accused of stealing $590,000 worth of iPhones from a truck as it was moving on the highway.

Dutch police said the Romanian men, ages 33-43, pulled up behind the truck in a modified van July 24 on the A73 highway near Horst.

The van pulled close enough to the truck for a member of the gang to break the back doors open and pass iPhones to the other suspects in the van via a hole in the roof.

Authorities said similar crimes reported previously involved vans being modified to make the hoods less slippery to stand on while the vehicles were in motion.

Police spokesman Ed Kraszewski said investigators were initially in disbelief about the theft.

"The truck was taking its freight from A to B and did not stop. Even so, [the phones] were gone. So it must have happened that way. And now we finally have the evidence, with the van and the loot," The Guardian quoted Kraszewski as saying.

The suspects were arrested Saturday at a Dutch holiday park, police said. The iPhones and modified van were seized by investigators.

Kraszewski said police are investigating whether the suspects were involved in 17 similar incidents reported across Europe since 2015.

Romanian police released helicopter video of a similar incident that occurred in 2012, when suspects in a modified van pulled up behind a truck and used an angle grinder to get in and take boxes of goods. Police said other members of the gang followed in other cars and held back traffic.

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