Story By: Georgina Jadikovska, Sub-Editor: Marija Stojkoska, Agency: Newsflash
A 30-year-old man who tied a cashier to a chair and vacuumed GBP 50,000 out of a safe in Lidl Supermarket with the help of the store manager and two employees is facing four and a half years in prison.
The incident took place at a local Lidl supermarket in the town of Tauberbischofsheim in the district of Main-Tauber of the German state of Baden-Wurttemberg on 16th December 2019.
Konstantin B., 30, reportedly sucked up EUR 56,870 (GBP 50,200) from the supermarket’s safe using a vacuum cleaner.
Three other accomplices gave Konstantin a helping hand, including the store manager, identified as Markus R., one employee who at the time was a supervisor in the market, and a third accomplice who drove the getaway car.
The suspects reportedly tied the female cashier to a chair using cable ties and threatened her with a spray gun before carrying out their robbery plan.
At the trial, the defendant admitted the crime to the regional court in Moscbach and explained how the events unfolded.
According to reports, the original plan was to divide the money into four equal parts between the defendant and his three accomplices (Markus R., Ibrahim Y. and Daniel H.) while they were driving in the getaway car.
The main suspect, a native Romanian, repeatedly blamed his accomplices and tried to cry his way out of the courtroom. He defended himself by saying that his actions are a result of his own failures before admitting he needs professional help.
Cashier Brigit M., 56, said the defendant assaulted her, threatened her with a spray gun and tied her up. She said she suffered injuries from the cable ties. The victim has been unable to work late shifts ever since the incident due to severe anxiety.
Konstantin B., who is a father of a young daughter aged two, was sentenced to four years and six months in prison for aggravated robbery and willful assault. The verdict is not yet legally binding.
No trial dates have been set for the three other defendants yet.
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