German Cops Hunt 'Dumb' Gang in $340K Poker Heist

Robbers left 'mountains of clues' after raid on Berlin tourney
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 10, 2010 3:15 AM CST

(Newser) – German police say it will be only a matter of time before they catch up with the gang who made off with $340,000 in jackpot money after storming a Berlin poker tournament over the weekend. The masked, machete- and gun-wielding thugs carried out the robbery "chaotically and amateurishly" and left behind "mountains of clues," the head of Germany's police union tells Der Spiegel.

Seven people were slightly injured in the chaos. The gang, who police believe had an accomplice inside the central Berlin hotel who told them when the cash was being moved, plumbed "new depths of stupidity to carry out such a raid in front of running surveillance cameras," the union chief said, advising the robbers to just turn themselves in. Police say they still have no hot leads in the case, but they're confident that they'll find some when they sift through the evidence.

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