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Uncontrollable Road Rage Leads to Fisticuffs

Road rage got the better of an Italian tourist driving a luxury SUV near Port Hercule in Monaco. Ten o clock in the evening and feeling over-confident he did not want to give way to another motorist who had priority. Fortunately, an accident was averted as the two cars came to a violent halt to avoid an accident. Had that been the end of it, a day in court could have been avoided. Sadly, rage got the better of him and he got out of his car, strode over to the other driver, cursed at him and then hit him on the head. He then drove off rapidly, leaving behind a dazed victim. Luckily, there were witnesses on hand who wrote down his registration number – and Justice caught up with him. The violence invited the prosecution to recommend a 3 month suspended sentence which was accepted by the Court despite the fact the Italian had never been in trouble with the law before. And it was an expensive fit of anger. Surely it was not worth it. Against a demand for 20.000 euros of damages, 5.000 euros was awarded by the Court. Best to think twice before exploding and losing control.

Monaco Detectives Track down a Luxury Car Thief

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Hard to believe you can steal a top of the range car from a display outside a car-sales showroom. A young man did it with outrageous nerve. Going to a Monaco car sales-showroom he stole the keys to a superb car on display outside, got in the car and drove off, crashing through the exit barrier as he did so. Even though he was not apprehended, as luck would have it, the car ran out of gas near Nice. The young criminal had attempted to fill it at a gas station but had to exit quickly when observed trying to make the gas pump work without money. This is where some expert detective work by Monaco detectives blazed a trail to find the thief. Fingerprints and DNA samples were lifted from the stolen car. They matched with criminal records of a youth living in the wild with nine prior convictions for theft. Good sleuthing and the youth apprehended. He is facing the possibility of a year in jail and a 2000 euro fine. A small mystery – a car worth around 200.000 euros equipped with state of the art ant-theft and GPS. How did the criminal manage to defeat the anti-theft system and not be tracked by satellite?

A Betting Scam to Launder Counterfeit Money

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It was a well-oiled cunning plan to defraud casinos. Mix good 100 euro notes with false ones. Then exchange them for chips to play roulette. Bet on red and black a few times to allay suspicion. Then go back and cash in the chips. Hey Presto counterfeit notes become real. And it worked at one of the casinos in Monaco. No small change – over 350 counterfeit 100 euro notes mixed with 150 good ones were exchanged by an aristocratic Indian from Dubai and a young Russian lady accomplice. Of course it came to light the next day when the Casino carefully checked their cash. Criminals seem oblivious to the advanced video-surveillance at the casinos and the trail of evidence they leave. Enquiries at the hotel where the Indian had stayed gave the detectives on the trail sufficient information to await an opportunity to arrest him. And the opportunity came when as often happens he came to try his luck one time too many. Arrested and hauled into court – the usual defence in such cases is the counterfeit notes must have come from a currency exchange bureau and he was unaware they were false. In addition, he tried to shift the focus onto his lady accomplice who he said he had fired after she robbed him. Unluckily for him the Court found a record of the same ploy carried out in the casino in Salzburg, Austria with his identity captured by the video-surveillance. Premeditated organized crime leads to prison – up to two years. Crime indeed does not pay, except with jail time.

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