Unusual prey in the attack on the apartment of a well-known online businessman in Spain: The media reported on Wednesday, citing police, that the perpetrators managed to escape with “tens of millions of euros in bitcoin”.
According to his statements, the man was tortured by the thieves for four hours so that he could reveal the passwords of his digital assets.
The four to five masked men rang the doorbell and burst in when the door was opened, suspecting that there was no evil. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are mostly stolen by hackers.
The victim has lived in Spain since the late 1990s
Spanish police confirmed the media reports upon request. Because of this approach, one suspects that it may be an Eastern European gang. The speaker stressed that one does not rule out any possibility and investigate in all directions.
The attack took place on Tuesday afternoon in a luxury apartment building near the Prado Museum in the center of the Spanish capital. The victim is an American who has lived in Spain since the late 1990s.
Captured along laptops, tablets and mobile phones
At the time of the attack, two other men were in the apartment of the 38-year-old from Santa Barbara, California—a friend and a craftsman. Both were tied and gagged as well. The perpetrators attacked him with an electric shock, scratched his chest with a knife and sprayed him in the eyes. They would take laptops, tablets, and cell phones with them.
According to the media, there are also witnesses: a neighbor of the American testified, for example, that he saw a group of masked men leaving the house with several large bags, it was said. (SDA)
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