When the suspect got out of his car, on his way to a meeting, detectives detained him and explained the matter. No more than four hours had passed since the suspect left the ferry.
The man was initially in shock as he couldn’t understand how the authorities had found him so quickly. However, he became talkative quite soon and showed the investigators where he had put the case in his garage. While the police cannot reveal everything that was said at the interrogation, the man claimed he didn’t even know the case held such a sum.
It remains unclear whether that is true, however, as it is known he had been in contact with the victim aboard the ferry the previous evening. The authorities did not say where and under what circumstances the two men met. However, it is probable the men shared a beer at the bar.
The jolly life of a collector
While Tavid was also reluctant to go into detail, board member Jüri Martin’s comment suggests the collector was having more fun than he should have on board the ferry. “Our cash collector gravely ignored all internal procedure rules, which is what allowed this incident to take place,” Martin said.
The rules state that collectors must not consume alcohol or talk to anyone about the cash during trips.
This is not the first time a valuable case has been stolen from Tavid. The previous such incident took place in Stockholm in 2009. Back then, a case with nearly 13 kilograms of gold was replaced with one filled with water bottles.
Jervson said that transporting cash or gold in this manner is clearly dangerous. “There are criminals prepared to take a life for that kind of money. This is placing people in mortal danger,” Jervson said. It is entirely possible the thief took the criminal path simply because the opportunity presented itself.
Jervson added that Tallink’s internal control and security team did good work. Their operative action played an important role in the quick resolution of the crime.
Martin said the company definitely learned a lesson. “We learn from every such incident. However, ours is a business where risks are ever present and cannot be managed in full. We can minimize them, however. The entire process is so complex that we cannot just change one detail,” Martin said. He added that in most cases the company transports cash using the services of a collection company, not its own collectors.