Three men have been arrested in connection with a theft at PSV stadium. Clothing to the value of 200,000 euros was stolen from the players’ dressing room last week.
The sales value of the loot amounts to around 200,000 euros. The clothing is part of the new football season’s collection for PSV, and had not yet been officially released for sale.
CCTV images showed three people breaking into the changing rooms in the early hours of Wednesday morning last week (19th June) and taking boxes of clothes with them. The boxes contained brand new PSV club t-shirts, tracksuits and hoodies.
Whilst the theft was being investigated, an unknown man contacted the PSV fan shop. He said that he knew about the theft. He said that if they paid him one thousand euros, he could get the shirts back and return them to the stadium.
After a consultation with the criminal investigation department, an appointment was made with the man in Gelderland.
Fell into a trap
It was agreed that the money would be exchanged in return for the stolen clothing in a warehouse in Winterswijk, Gelderland. On Thursday afternoon, the three men appeared at the warehouse at the agreed time, carrying the stolen clothing.
‘They thought they would be meeting with PSV employees. In reality they were dealing with two undercover agents. During the meeting in the warehouse, police officers surrounded the warehouse. Our suspects were trapped,’ the police reported.
During the meeting, the three men were arrested for selling stolen goods. The men are 40, 41 and 67 years old and are from Maastricht, Rijswijk and The Hague.
The trio are currently being held in custody. Police say that they have not ruled out the possibility of making more arrests.
Translator: Rachael Vickerman