Tjeerd H. a 38-year-old Dutch cryptocurrency trader on February 10 was tortured by three men who disguised as policemen. The victim’s four-year-old daughter was a witness to the crime and after a thorough investigation, it was discovered that his cryptocurrency holdings may have led to the invasion of his home.
Armed Men Disguise as Policeman to Rob Cryptocurrency Trader
According to a media outlet’s report, three men invaded the home of Tjeerd H. on a Sunday around 10 pm. The group had disguised as law officials wearing police bulletproof vests and coats. For an hour, they threatened the victim with firearms and a Moroccan-accented robber tortured him using heavy drills in front of his four-year-old daughter.
A report was later filed with the police and the victim has been receiving medical care since then. In the case of the former, a murder team made up of fifteen policemen is looking into the event. Based on the number of officials that have been tasked with the investigation, the crime has been rated as high. Moreover, it is an uncommon practice to have a murder team look into a robbery case.
The Motive Behind the Attack on the Cryptocurrency Investor
While trying to ascertain the motive behind the crime, the media outlined that the North Netherlands police are yet to issue a statement. However, research carried out by the media outlet revealed that the victim is a cryptocurrency trader whose holdings may have led to the attack. The suspicion was also confirmed by a source from the police.
The house where Tjeerd H. resides is believed to have been purchased for half a million euros. Also, there is no mortgage on the property and the owner’s registered address is in Italy. Further reports reveal that the victim lived and worked in Italy and Thailand.
More People Tortured For Their Virtual Assets
Asides Tjeerd, other members of the crypto space have been robbed of their crypto possessions. An instance of this is the case of Louis Meza, a 35-year old man. Meza in December 2017, was arrested in New York for an alleged robbery and kidnapping. The accused is said to have held a victim against their will in order to obtain their private keys. This allowed Meza to make away with Ether that was valued at about $1.8 million.
BTCNN on January 20 also informed of Michael Terpin who was robbed of cryptocurrencies worth about $23 million. Terpin had gone ahead to sue AT & T, his mobile carrier for allegedly giving SIM swap attackers access to his mobile number. The line was later swapped to that of the actors behind the crime. This enabled them to transfer his funds from exchanges.