Published On: Wed, Dec 24th, 2014 on 6:18 pm

Wanted man arrested in connection with Holocaust plaque thefts

Terezin Memorial

Plaques at the Terezín Memorial in the Czech Republic.

A man driving in West Yorkshire has been stopped and arrested in connection with thefts in the Czech Republic.

Officers from West Yorkshire Police’s Safer Roads and Neighbourhood Support team (SRANS) arrested a 35-year-old in connection with the theft of 824 bronze plaques bearing the names of those who died at a Nazi concentration camp in the Czech Republic.

The man, a Czech national, was arrested after a Nissan Micra vehicle he was driving was stopped by officers on the eastbound carriageway of the M62 near Birstall Retail Park on 21 December.

After the man’s details were run through the Police National Computer (PNC), officers discovered that a European Arrest Warrant had been issued in connection with theft offences in the Czech Republic in 2008.

The man was taken into custody, where he remains pending extradition proceedings.

He is one of three men sought by the authorities in the Czech Republic in connection with the theft of the plaques at the Terezín Memorial.

It was believed that the three men sold the plaques to a scrap metal dealer.

Their actions caused over £50,000 worth of damage.

Superintendent Pat Casserly, from West Yorkshire Police, said: “This was a comprehensive piece of police work that has led to a wanted man being taken into custody in connection with a very serious crime in another country for which he will now stand trial.

“I believe this man has lived in different parts of the UK for some time and his arrest in West Yorkshire demonstrates the professional approach our officers take to their job and I’m pleased we’ve been able to play a small part of the investigation into what was an appalling crime.”

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