In Baltersweiler - just north of Saarbruecken - in West Germany, the end of a dramatic search and chase which had started in Cologne on Monday, December 27, after three gunmen robbed a bank of the equivalent of some 105,000 dollars (40,000 pounds sterling).
GV Helicopter lands on road(2 shots)
LV Police PAN TO robber's car
LV Leader of bank robbers walk to police & talk
SV Police watching
LV Robber lying shot on ground & policeman running
SV Second policeman towards car PAN TO wounded man on road
GV Police rushing bandit's car & hauling bandits out
SV Bandit's wig falls to ground while being pushed by police
SV Police helping injured leader
SV Police around second bandit
SV & SCU Police hold down third bandit
SV Police marching bandits away
GV Police PAN TO gang led away
Initials SGM/0329 SGM/0310
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Background: In Baltersweiler - just north of Saarbruecken - in West Germany, the end of a dramatic search and chase which had started in Cologne on Monday, December 27, after three gunmen robbed a bank of the equivalent of some 105,000 dollars (40,000 pounds sterling).
The robbery itself was theatrical - with the robbers and their hostages followed out of the bank and along Germany's autoroutes by a convoy of police cars and press vehicles carrying film and television cameramen recording the chase. After nightfall, the two police hostages were released unharmed and the bandits escaped into the forest near Saarbruecken - where fog and darkness prevented the police from continuing the search. For the next 48 hours various reports led the police on both sides of the German-French border into futile searches. But, as the bandits grabbed another hostage and attempted to negotiate for a helicopter to fly them to freedom, they were trapped by the massive 600-man police force with dogs and six helicopters. With police surrounding them and helicopters landing all around, the leader of the robbers attempted to bargain in the middle of the roadway - then, with a West German television (ARD) cameraman following the action, shots rang out and the robber. Carl Vicenik, fell to the ground. The hostage escaped and the other two men were quickly apprehended by the police as they attempted to escape from their car.
Later police reported they had confiscated a large armoury consisting of rifles, pistols, a sawn-off shotgun, and several rounds of ammunition found in the bandits' car. The three men were identified as Vicenik, a 45-year-old Austrian, and the other two believed to be Frenchmen known as Louis and Fils. No trace has yet been found of the stolen money.
This very dramatic film shot by ARD was described by newscasters as depicting a truly James Bond style capture