Today, in a coordinated operation by police across Europe, 8 people were arrested on suspicion of a dramatic attempted robbery in a jewellery shop in Venice in 2017.
Agence France-Presse quoted the Italian police as reporting that eight suspects had been arrested in Austria, Estonia and Finland. They belonged to a gang from Estonia that robbed luxury jewelry stores in Europe.
In March 2017, members of the gang set off smoke bombs in Piazza San Marco in Venice, trying to attract the attention of the public and the police before breaking into the jewelry store.
But the robbery was only an attempt. A tourist notified a nearby police patrol, and then the armed robbers fled.
The video released by the Italian police showed that a suspect placed a smoke bomb at the foot of the bell tower of Piazza San Marco. After the smoke began to rise, panicked tourists fled the scene.
Another smoke bomb was placed on a nearby street.
After a long investigation coordinated by Europol, the news of the arrest was released today.
According to the police, gang members committed three similar robberies in Corsica and Austria in 2016 and 2017. The value of the stolen goods is estimated at 1 million euros.
Among the arrested was a gang leader hiding in Finland. The Italian agency AGI stated that he has been convicted of robbery and murder.