The Hungarian policeman who was arrested on Wednesday for robbing a bank in Pécs confessed to the robbery, the Central Investigating Prosecutor’s Office told MTI on Thursday.
As Magyar Hang reported, the Kaposvár Regional Investigating Prosecutor’s Office is investigating a crime of violence against property, official and public security. On Wednesday, the suspected police officer was arrested. The man was questioned as a suspect and charged with two counts of robbery, the misuse of office, and the misuse of firearms and ammunition.
According to the available data, as reported by Pécs Aktuál, on 12 May 2020, at around 3 pm, the man entered a bank in Pécs and, with the help of a handgun (or what looked like a handgun), forced the employees to hand over the cash in the cash register.
The perpetrator obtained around HUF 5.7 million (~EUR 15,000) and then fled the scene.
The police then showed the bank’s indoor CCTV footage to the public, showing the perpetrator’s face when he pulled off his mask for a few seconds, as 168 reported. Witnesses described the perpetrator as a calm, communicative, intelligent man with a good sense of place.
Subsequently, in November 2020, the man abused his position in the police registration system and deliberately searched for the case file of the robbery and downloaded documents from it in order to illegally obtain information about the status of the investigation.
According to Magyar Hang, the Prosecutor General’s Office also said that the policeman had taken his service handgun and the 6 rounds of ammunition he had been issued from his duty station without permission and kept them in his possession.
As we can read in Pécs Aktuál’s article, the Prosecutor General’s Office also shared that, according to a well-founded suspicion, the man had also committed a robbery in the same bank in November 2019, but he did not admit to this crime during his interrogation.
The Prosecutor’s Office proposes the arrest of the policeman. The Military Council of the Kaposvár Court will decide on the coercive measure on Friday.
The policeman is an investigator in the Economic Protection Department in Pécs.
Source: Magyar Hang, Pécs Aktuál, 168