In April 2021, the Dutch and German law enforcement authorities joined hands to create a joint investigation team (JIT) to take down an organized crime group known for targeting Automatic Teller Machines or ATMs.
The team arrested around nine suspects after an 18-month long investigation supervised by eurojust and europol. Additionally, another Operational Taskforce was created to pool expertise and investigative sources.
This task force was set up between Europol, the Netherlands, and Germany. Around 18 operational meetings were held within the framework of this task force to plan for the operation’s final phase.
Criminal Gang Involved in Video Tutorials Busted
Reportedly, the JIT has busted a criminal gang, which used to make video tutorials on how to blow up ATMs. One of its members mistakenly blew himself up while making a tutorial while another suspect was severely injured.
The incident occurred in the city of Utrecht, Netherlands in Sep 2020, at an illegal training center where the gang taught how to perform explosive