Thursday, 30. October 2014
20. 06. 14. - 16:00
A highway robber risked death in busy traffic so he and a partner could attack a minibus driver and steal his 70 GBP worth of takings.
Driver Aleksey Voutkin, 54, was at the wheel of his vehicle on the streets of Kaliningrad, a port city in the Russian exclave between Poland and Lithuania, when an unidentified pedestrian walked out into the road and then brushed by the front of the bus.
As Voutkin leaned out of the window to remonstrate with him, the man began to fight with him. As he was distracted, the brawler's female accomplice opened the door of the minibus, and went inside looking for the takings bag as well as the driver's mobile phone.
When she saw it by the driver's door where it could not be grabbed without attracting attention, the woman climbed out of the cab and went to the driver's door where she joined in the fight against the driver, ripping his clothes and punching him and using the fight to grab the cash, before both fled with their loot.
Dashboard mounted cameras in the minibus captured the duo on film and now a hunt is on for them in the Russian enclave that borders Poland.
Voutkin said: "It was a clever double. First this guy seemingly risks his life, then he starts trouble which takes my mind off the vehicle.
"That allows time for his sidekick to move in and rob me and give me a good kicking. It is just modern day highway robbery."
Police said they believe an organised gang was behind the hold up and have warned drivers carrying money to beware of similar robbery attempts.
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