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Thefts from safe deposit boxes at BCR Pitesti



Damages exceed EUR 1 M.
The police is investigating eight complaints concerning the disappearance of goods and sums of money from the safe deposit boxes of a BCR branch located in downtown Pitesti, the value of the damages ranging in each case from EUR 40,000 to EUR 130,000, Mediafax informs. “There are eight complaints, the investigation took place at the site, there are CCTV images, and the persons coming in and out of there are potential suspects. All safe deposit boxes have been picked up in order to be investigated, we are looking for traces that would help us identify the authors. I can tell you that we are talking about very large sums of money and we are relying on the good faith of those filing the complaints, who will certify the sums deposited, their existence and source. I cannot tell you the total sum that disappeared, the investigation is ongoing,” Arges County Police Inspectorate spokesperson Danut Dinu stated.
Judicial sources point out that the total sum that disappeared from the safe deposit boxes, whose contents consisted mostly of cash and jewels, surpasses EUR 1 M, and the suspects are a Spanish citizen and a Romanian citizen. The suspects rented safe deposit boxes at the BCR Arges branch in June and in the four months that followed went to the bank almost every day. BCR Communications Director Ionut Stanimir stated that there are no clues pointing to the guilt of any bank employee in this case, and the bank will evaluate its “moral obligation” to pay damages to the clients even though there is no contractual obligation to do so.
A communiqué issued by BCR’s Communications Directorate on Tuesday evening points out that as a result of the incident “a thorough review of the security standards and procedures will be conducted in all branches that offer this service,” and reminds the fact that “the bank offers the safe deposit box rental service without asking the clients to declare their contents.”

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