Danish lorry driver accused of attacking fuel thieves has been sentenced. The man will spend six months in prison after being charged with serious offences.
The 43-year-old lorry driver from Borkop in Denmark was among the men who decided to protect the trucks from fuel theft. On April 10 this year, the group went to the parking lot in Egtved near Kolding. The theft was supposed to be done by two Romanians pumping fuel into their vehicle.
The Danes did not want to call the police. Instead they took matters into their own hands confronting the thieves. The 43-year-old from Borkop, equipped with an iron pipe, was to be particularly fierce. He repeatedly struck one of the Romanians thus trying to force him to pay 3,000 Euros for damages and stolen fuel.
In the meantime, the police arrived at the scene, called by an accidental witness. Officers arrested both Romanians, as well as one of the Danes. The two men were accused of stealing fuel from a parked truck, and their situation is not known. On the other hand, the driver from Borkop was officialy sentenced last week. He was sentenced to six months imprisonment for beating one of the thieves with a heavy tool, as well as using illegal coercion.
Why did the driver not call the police, deciding to impose a fine himself? It was supposed to be a response to the impunity of thieves before the Danish judiciary. Danish entrepreneurs explained in April that thieves are often fined less than the value of the stolen fuel and the damage caused. Their trucks are not confiscated either. As a result, they bear a minimal risk, and the vision of being arrested by the police does not deter anyone.
How did the Danes know that they would find thieves in the parking lot? One of the local drivers noticed the suspicious Romanian truck. He decided to write down the vehicle's registration number by checking it on the internet. Then it turned out to be the number that matches the truck that had been seen in the past with fuel theft. The Danish driver then informed others through a local Facebook group. As it was Saturday evening and many drivers were at home, the post quickly received a great response.