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Safes and large cash found by Police at bottom of lake

Officers from the Polish Police and the Central Bureau of Investigation fished out four safes abandoned by criminals from several bodies of water in the Pomeranian Voivodship. One of them still contained a large amount of cash. Every diver knows perfectly well that every body of water hides a secret and sunken treasures. However, both
Published: September 6, 2021 - 12:35
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 23:12
Safes and large cash found by Police at bottom of lake

Officers from the Polish Police and the Central Bureau of Investigation fished out four safes abandoned by criminals from several bodies of water in the Pomeranian Voivodship. One of them still contained a large amount of cash.

Every diver knows perfectly well that every body of water hides a secret and sunken treasures. However, both the word secret and treasures should be put in inverted commas here. It is, of course, about the objects and stories connected with them that we can find when diving in Polish lakes. Although not this time…

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Firefighters working in water Just today we are going to talk about mysteries and treasures, which in no way need to be put in inverted commas. After all we are talking about safes and quite a substantial amount of money money that was in one of them.

The sunken safes come from burglaries of private homes and shops committed by a dangerous gang. The criminals emptied the robbed safes and then threw them into the water, probably hoping that no one would ever find them again. Interestingly, in one of the safes fished out by the Police and CBŚ there was still cash. Packed in an envelope it could have been overlooked by criminals.

Cash fished out of one of the safes All sunken safes The services found it as a result of cooperation between the police specgroup of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBŚ) and the Regional Police Headquarters (KW Policji) in Olsztyn and the Pomeranian Branch of the Department for Organised Crime and Corruption of the National Prosecutor’s Office in Gdańsk. Then, thanks to the help of firefighters from the Voivodeship National Fire Service in Gdańsk they brought the abandoned safes to the surface.

Investigation

The service is investigating an organised crime group that specialises in burglary. As a result of the investigation, officers not only found the robbed safes but also arrested the suspects in their theft.

Money recovered sunken safes In May 2020, eleven suspects were put behind bars, who may have around 90 offences on their record for the sum of PLN 11 million.

For a dozen or so years, in spring and autumn, members of the group broke into warehouses and farms from where they stole plant protection chemicals which were later sold to farmers who cooperated with them. During the arrest of one of the suspects, police officers secured agricultural chemicals originating from the theft, whose value amounted to approximately PLN 800 000. It results from the investigation that in other periods of the year gang members were breaking into ATMs and shops and stealing money and safes. They were also interested in houses of wealthy people, from where they stole money, valuables, weapons and even hunting trophies, which they sold for 180 thousand USD. According to the material collected, some of the suspects may also have participated in the trade of considerable quantities of narcotics. – – informed the Central Bureau of Investigation of the Police.

The suspects in this case face a penalty of up to 15 years’ imprisonment. During the arrests police officers found and secured firearms with ammunition, as well as drugs. Investigators also seized cash in the amount of approximately PLN 1 million.

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Marcin Pawełczyk
Marcin’s journey with diving has been an adventure. Starting as a recreational diver, he soon found himself drawn to the fascinating stories and mysteries of Baltic wrecks. After gaining experience, Marcin decided to go beyond just leisurely exploration and took his training up a notch by completing the TMX course, allowing him to explore even deeper and uncover the secrets of inaccessible places. His next challenge has been cave diving, where he is honing his skills to become a certified diver. Not content to simply take in the breathtaking beauty of underwater life, Marcin has also embraced underwater photography since 2018, capturing stunning shots that bring these worlds alive for those who are unable to experience them first-hand. Marcin’s passion for the underwater has taken him far and is sure to continue doing so as he dives into new depths and captures breathtaking images.
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