Bulgarian 'D.B. Cooper' Pleads Guilty

Crime | July 31, 2013, Wednesday // 12:04|  views

Georgi Enev, photo by BGNES

Georgi Enev, the armored bank car driver, who allegedly pulled off an audacious theft of BGN 1.5 M back in June 2012, has pleaded guilty in Court.

The move happened after Enev's lawyer requested for the trial to be held under the short procedure without witness testimony.

This will reduce Enev's punishment by one third. The fact he turned himself in to the police is also an alleviating circumstance.

Enev is charged with large-scale embezzlement of BGN 1.5 M from three banks and one security company, which calls for 10 to 20 years of jail. He also faces confiscation of part or all of his assets and could be banned from practicing certain professions.

The money is still missing, which is an aggravating circumstance.

Until now, Enev has used his right to remain silent.

On June 22, 2012, police in Plovdiv were alerted about an abandoned cash transporter, and upon arriving they also found that the vehicle was empty.

The equivalent of BGN 1.5 M in various currencies was missing and the cash transporter's driver immediately became the suspect. The man was nowhere to be found and his Opel Kadett discovered abandoned some 15 km away from the city of Plovdiv

Several days later, Enev entered the Plovdiv Prosecutor's Office accompanied by his lawyer, the Interior Minister has told local media.

In the aftermath of the adventurous crime, Internet forums in Bulgaria were overflowing with messages of support and encouragement for the wanted man. The widespread support begs comparison with the mysterious case of the so-called D.B. Cooper back in the 70s.

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