Yesterday’s case, where an employee from NLB Bank stole 3 million euros in francs and euros from the bank’s vault, is probably the biggest robbery in the history of an independent Macedonia.
Last night, an individual was arrested in connection with the robbery, which is also gaining another interesting statistic – it is also one of the fastest solved robberies in recent Macedonian history. The MOI has not yet confirmed whether the money has been recovered.
With nearly three million euros, according to the latest information, the amount stolen from the vault of NLB is 15 times more than another similar robbery from the vault of a bank in 2014. At the time, the prime suspect was the Head of the Treasury and his associates from “Ohridska Banka”. In yesterday’s case, the individual who reported the robbery was the Director of the Treasury of NLB. In fact, in September, 2014, three employees from “Ohridska Banka” were criminally charged within three months, after they had stolen a total of 200.000 euros which were headed for ATM machines.
They are the largest robberies of cash in Macedonia without the use of weapons.
So far, the largest robbery of cash from a bank is that from January the 9th, 2010, when a “Golf” vehicle from “Stopanska Banka Bitola”, on the motorway from Prilep to Bitola, was stopped by armed robbers and they managed to get away with 450.000 euros.
The largest single armed robbery from a vehicle with cash, however, happened in December of 2005, in a Skopje alley, just beneath the “Ilinden” barracks, where 670.000 euros were taken from a van belonging to the “Macedonian Post”.