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The District Court in Krosno (Podkarpackie) received indictments against Krzysztof W. and Oleksij M., whom the prosecutor's office accused of robbery of the owner of a currency exchange office, which took place in 2000 in Krosno. The same businessman was modded nine years later. This case is not closed yet, the police have now published a post-mortem portrait of the wanted man.

The attack took place on December 16, 2000 in Krosno. Tadeusz S., then 68, ran a currency exchange office in the Krosno bazaar. Krzysztof W. traded at the same bazaar. According to investigators, W., together with Oleksij M., against whom the prosecutor's office filed an indictment in March 2024, and “another identified person who is subject to separate proceedings”, planned an attack on the owner of the currency exchange office. “According to the established division of roles and tasks, Oleksij M. was holding a long men's umbrella in his hand, with which he was covering a metal tube, approximately 47 cm long, wrapped in silver tape at the grip point. The injured party noticed two men slowly approaching him, one of whom was holding only an umbrella, but he did not see the metal pipe when the attackers passed him,” the prosecutor's office said in a statement.

The umbrella used by the perpetrators National Prosecutor's Office

The attackers “together violently attacked the victim by hitting him on the head with a metal pipe, knocked him to the ground, started beating and kicking him.” Then – we also know this from the investigators' findings – they took the injured party's briefcase with cash in various currencies, as well as other items and documents worth over PLN 13,000 in total. “The attackers were scared away by an approaching driving school car and fled the scene. As a result of the robbery, the injured party suffered numerous bodily injuries,” the prosecutor's office reported.

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Lenarta Street in Krosno – the place where the robbery took placeKMP Krosno archive

For years, this case could not be closed. The breakthrough came after the Małopolska Division of the Local Department of Organized Crime and Corruption of the National Prosecutor's Office in Krakow, the so-called The X-Files

Investigators solved a years-old mystery KPP Krosno/National Prosecutor's Office

He faces 15 years in prison for robbery

The prosecutor's office accused Krzysztof W. of committing “together with other people” a robbery using a dangerous object and misappropriating money and other items with a total value of over PLN 13,000, which is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

“Due to the need to ensure the proper course of the proceedings, the real fear of the accused escaping and hiding, and the risk of a severe penalty, at the request of the prosecutor, a preventive measure in the form of pre-trial detention is being applied to the accused Krzysztof W.,” the prosecutor's office said.

Nine years later, the businessman was murdered

Investigators do not rule out that the robbery case may be related to the subsequent murder of the entrepreneur in 2009. According to their findings, the criminal was already hanging around the victim's house on Thursday. On Friday afternoon, a man pretending to be an official was let into the house by the wife of the exchange office owner. The attacker terrorized the woman with an object resembling a gun. He demanded money and valuables. The woman complied with the criminal's demands. Then the bandit tied up the victim. He was found at home by the woman's husband, who came several dozen minutes later. The perpetrator attacked him and injured him in the neck with a sharp instrument. He fled with a bag containing cash. He also took a pistol belonging to a businessman (S. legally owned a gun after the robbery that took place in 2000).

Read also: They are looking for the murderer of the exchange office owner. They believe this case may be related to another robbery

The Prosecutor's Office only informs that there are ongoing activities which, for the sake of the investigation, cannot be reported at this stage.

The police are looking for witnesses

On Friday (May 17), the Podkarpacie police published a statement, in which she again appealed to people who may have information about the perpetrator of the murder of Tadeusz S. and the robbery of his wife, Krystyna, to contact the police. All information can be provided anonymously.

Description of the wanted person: age approximately 28-35 years, 165-170 cm tall, slim figure, dark, hair combed up. He was wearing a dark short-sleeved shirt and dark pants. He spoke Polish.

Two memory portraits of the perpetrator of the crime were prepared, but he remains elusive.

Read also: The murder of a currency exchange office owner from years ago. Investigators have new leads

A portrait of a man wanted in connection with the murder of the owner of a currency exchange office in Krosno. The crime took place in July 2009Podkarpackie police

All persons who have information that may help the services solve the case of the murder of an entrepreneur from Krosno are asked to contact officers of the Investigation Department of the Provincial Police Headquarters in Rzeszów, tel. 47 821-23-27email: wds@rz.policja.gov.plofficers of the Municipal Police Headquarters in Krosno, tel. 47 828 33 30 or the Prosecutor of Małopolska, Branches of the Local Department for Organized Crime and Corruption of the National Prosecutor's Office in Krakow email: sekretariat.wzkra@prokuratura.gov.pl.

You can also contact the nearest police station by calling the emergency number 112.

Main photo source: KPP Krosno/National Prosecutor's Office

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