Suspects nabbed in Berlin poker heist
Police in Germany have rounded up the four suspects sought in an armed robbery of the country’s largest poker tournament earlier this month.
One suspect, a 20-year-old man, presented himself to police after arriving at Berlin’s Tegal airport from Istanbul last Saturday. Eight hours later, the final suspect, a 19-year-old, was arrested on the airport tarmac returning from Beirut, according to a local news report.
The location of the â¬242,000 stolen during the high-stakes poker game at Berlin’s Grand Hyatt Hotel was still unclear this week, but there is now speculation that the four robbers did not plan the heist themselves, according to a Berliner Morgenpost report, but that an Arab family known to police masterminded the crime. Two members of the family reportedly stayed at the Grand Hyatt hotel shortly before the heist and were recorded on surveillance footage.
A rival criminal group allegedly provided police with tips on the robbers’ identities.
The first suspect, a 21-year-old German, turned himself in to police and provided the names of his accomplices. He told police he would return his share of the stolen money. Two days later, a second suspect was arrested without resistance during a routine security check.