25 January 2005
Plus a small allowance for bullets
A bank robber in the Netherlands was sentenced to four years in prison and ordered to repay the bank the 6600 euros he stole less 2000 euros to cover the cost of buying the gun he used to rob the bank.
Dutch law apparently specifies that a convicted criminal must be in approximately the same financial position at the time of conviction that he was in before the crime was committed. The robber presumably would have been out 2000 euros had he bought this gun and not robbed the bank.
If there's a lesson here, it's simply this: if you're going to rob a bank in the Netherlands, you might as well buy a new, and preferably expensive, firearm.
(Via Tongue Tied.)