Burgled in Broad Daylight
In Cap-d’Ail, on Wednesday, November 8th at 4:15 pm, a man who works nights was suddenly awakened by an unusual noise in his apartment on the Avenue of General-de-Gaulle. A thief had entered his home through an unlocked door. Awakened by the noise, he began to scream, scaring the robber who thought he was alone. The man seized the drunken thief.
The victim immediately contacted the Operational Centre of the Army in Nice. A few minutes later, sixteen soldiers arrived.
All the stolen objects were recovered. Before being able to place him in police custody to interrogate him, the army sent the suspect to a sobering cell, considering his extremely drunken state. The suspected thief, a 20-year-old resident of Nice, will be tried for two burglaries and one attempted burglary, all committed in Cap-d’Ail, on Wednesday, November 8.
Buying Rolex Watches with a Stolen Card
A Macedonian thief was convicted to three months by the Criminal Court of Monaco for attempting to buy two Rolex watches worth a total of 73,000 euros with a stolen bank card and a fake i.d. Accused of attempted fraud, the thief acknowledged the facts and apologized. The twenty-nine year old real estate agent presented himself on Wednesday, November 9, at 1 pm, in the shop “Zegg & Cerlati”. The individual seemed like he was in a hurry. He allegedly pretended to have earned a large sum of money at the Casino, and wanted to acquire two Rolex watches without inquiring about the price.
The salesperson considered his behaviour suspicious and invited the character to come back in order to have sufficient time to prepare his order. An hour later, the “customer” came back. But he no longer intended to pay in cash. He preferred to pay with an American Express credit card and showed a dubious piece of i.d. While the employee pretended to photocopy the documents, she escaped from the store. Public security services were quickly alerted. Given the valuable information collected by the employee, the police questioned the perpetrator. Multiple interrogations from President Magali Ghenassia were conducted in order to properly identify the defendant, but all his answers were evasive and uninterested. Why were there photos of shop windows saved on his cell phone? “To better spot the watch of his dreams!” he said. What about the train ticket from Monaco-Nice dated from the previous day? “I just came to the Principality to look around.” he said.
“I apologize,” he concluded. “On holiday, I went into the shop to buy something. But I changed my mind, because I’m not used to doing anything criminal. My partner is pregnant and I’m getting married in December.” The president, irritated, tried one last question: “Since you have such low income, how did you afford to travel? “ The suspect responded ” My grandmother has a good pension and she offered me a vacation.”
According to attorney General Jacques Dorémieux, the suspect will spend two to three months in prison for “something which is neither the first nor the last of its kind. A beautiful tale, that is not true.”
Stealing from ATMs
Two Romanians have been detained for setting up a bank card scam system on March 7th and 8th, 2015, on ATMs in Monaco and elsewhere. The modus operandi, although well-established and flawless, resulted in them being able to steal 300€.
Everything started with a complaint filed by the director of the banking establishment on March 11th, 2015. Thanks to the video surveillance recordings of the ATMs on the corner of Italy and Albert-I.
Banknotes and bank cards remained hooked in the refractory slots of the ATM machines.
When a person came to the machine to withdraw money, the machine did not return the requested currency. As the user assumed that their card was confiscated by the distributor, they quickly went to the bank to reclaim it. So, once the customer had left, hidden near the ATMs, the thugs hurried to recover the cash and card, which was trapped by their device.
“Fortunately,” says President Jérôme Fougeras Lavergnolle, “the study of the swallowed card locations made it possible to identify the first thief, who is about thirty years old. Then, last April, Policemen from the City of Cannes inform and from the Principality discovered that there were four people who acted in pairs. The criminals are currently serving two years of imprisonment in Grasse. “Heavy sentences must send clear messages! Do not see this file by the small sums recovered. It is the work of people who act fraudulently and whose consequences are far from negligible.”