Ikea raids: Reemtsma kidnapper Thomas Drach arrested

NAfter a series of robberies in Cologne and Frankfurt, the alleged perpetrator was arrested in the Netherlands. According to information from the German Press Agency, the 60-year-old German is said to be the Reemtsma kidnapper Thomas Drach. Initially, “bild.de” reported on it.

Pure burger

The investigative authorities initially did not confirm this. They only spoke of an “accused from the Rhineland who has no permanent residence in Germany and who was searched for across Europe”. The public prosecutor has applied for the sixty-year-old to be extradited to Germany.

From the investigators’ point of view, it has now been confirmed that it was a series of robberies. The accused is said to have not only committed the act in Frankfurt in which the money messenger was seriously injured by gunfire in November 2019. He is also held responsible for two more robberies in Cologne in March 2018 and March 2019. He is charged with three cases of serious joint robbery and a violation of the War Weapons Control Act – the perpetrator is said to have used a machine gun in the attack at Cologne-Bonn Airport

Connection suspected from the start

The Cologne police said that at least two perpetrators were involved in each of the three robberies – “that is, driver and passenger,” said a spokesman. The investigation commission (EK) based in the Cologne police headquarters is still looking for this second man. The EK was formed after the first attack in Cologne-Godorf on March 24, 2018. On the first trace of Drach – whose identity the police did not want to officially confirm for tactical reasons – the EK was only after the evaluation of video recordings of the 6 March 2019 committed the second act at Cologne / Bonn airport and the subsequent “costly, partly undercover investigation”.


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