Norwegian forgot bag filled with money
Morten Ø. Karlsen
Kay Panduro, hotel director at Hotel Nebo in Copenhagen, where the man stayed, told the story to TV 2 Nettavisen.
Panduro played an active role when the 47-year-old Norwegian man was jailed Wednesday charged with handling stolen property and attempted drug trafficking.
Stacks of money
The 47-year-old checked into the hotel Monday evening and stayed the night. The hotel director said he does not know if the Norwegian came directly from Norway. When a maid came to clean the room the next morning, she completely forgot about cleaning, as she discovered that the guest had left behind.
«She found a plastic bag full of money, collected in stacks, forgotten in the room,» Panduro explained. «She contacted me and I contacted the police immediately.»
Together with the police, one of the employees at the hotel counted the money, a total of NOK 1 million (USD 146,560) in Norwegian currency and euros.
Made a plan
The police took the money and together with the hotel director made a plan. Not surprising, the man returned later that the afternoon.
«He said that he had fallen asleep on the train to Germany,» Panduro said to TV 2 Nettavisen. «When he arrived in Rødby, he remembered that he had forgotten a bag and turned around.»
To one of the employees the Norwegian explained that he had taken a sleeping pill and that was the reason why he fell asleep on the train.
«We made a diversion and sent the man up to the hotel room to look for his bag. In the meantime I called the police,» Panduro said. «They arrived and arrested the man at the hotel. It became rather violent, and he did not go willingly.»
The police allegedly told Panduro that the Norwegian was not wanted by the police, but that he was known to the police. In addition to the one million, the man was in possession of hashish.
«We did not react when he checked in,» Panduro said to TV 2 Nettavisen. «He appeared completely normal and well dressed.»
Wednesday afternoon, Panduro was pleased with the way it turned out.
«It is not every day that someone forgets one million in our hotel rooms,» Panduro said and stressed that he tells the story because the hotel has nothing to hide.
Police refuse to comment
The 47-year-old was jailed Wednesday for six days as the police investigate the case. The police refuse to comment the case.
«We are not going to comment this case what so ever,» said the officer on duty at City station in Copenhagen, to TV 2 Nettavisen. «It is under investigation and will be held behind closed doors.»
Norways International Crime Unit said to TV 2 Nettavisen that they had not been informed of the arrest.
Danish police suspect that the Norwegian was going to buy narcotics for the money. The 47-year old is now charged with stolen property and attempted drug trafficking.
The street where the Norwegian was arrested, Istedgade, is known for drug trafficking and prostitution.
The man has stated that he is innocent of all charges.
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