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'Broomstick robber' charged with blackmail after Bayern Munich received bomb threats

The Bundesliga club was allegedly told to meet multi-million euro demands in diamonds and cash to avoid an attack.

A FORMER GERMAN bank robber has been charged with blackmail for allegedly trying to extort millions in cash and diamonds from Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich with bomb threats, police said yesterday.

The German league leaders received two letters on February 9 and 15 containing vague threats, involving bombs and drones, and reported demands for €1m in cash and €2m worth of diamonds.

Munich police on Monday arrested a 63-year-old man, saying he is a notorious former bank robber who was sentenced to more than 13 years in jail in 1999 on 17 counts of bank robbery and freed on parole in 2009.

Known in the Munich region as the “broomstick robber” during the 1990s, the man was known to hold hostages and lock bank doors with a broomstick before escaping with the money, netting millions in his string of robberies.

The suspect appeared before a judge on today, police said.

(C) AFP 2016

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