Tuesday 26 May 2020

10 jailed for blowing up ATMs in Belgium, ringleader gets 13 years

Ten Dutch nationals have been jailed for between three and 13 years for blowing up six cash dispensers in Belgium, broadcaster NOS said on Wednesday.

The six, aged 22 to 32, come from Amsterdam and Utrecht and were known as the Hema gang because they wore Hema waterproofs during the robberies.

They are thought to have gotten away with €800,000 in the first four attacks, although some of the cash was marked by paint capsules which exploded in the blasts. The final two attempts failed.

The gang struck six times in 2018 all over Flanders, using gas to make the cash dispensers explode. The Belgian court said they had been lucky that no-one was killed.

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