It seems that the former Head of the Organized Crime Department faked the burglary of his own office.
According to media reports, Željko Dolački, former Head of the Organized Crime Department of the Zagreb Police, has been arrested. In the meantime, the Interior Ministry announced this morning on its website that the police had solved the case of the burglary of the Zagreb Police Department headquarters in early April, when 280,000 euros and two kilograms of gold were stolen, reports Večernji List on April 22, 2016.
It is expected that Interior Minister Vlaho Orepić will give a statement on the case later this afternoon.
Interior Ministry said in a statement that the Criminal Police Department of the Police Directorate conducted a criminal investigation against a Croatian national who was born in 1969 due to suspicion of having committed the criminal offense of abuse of office and authority.
“While investigating the case of burglary at the Zagreb Police Department, police officers determined the existence of grounds for suspicion that the suspect was a police officer of the Zagreb Police Department. Since he had access to items temporarily seized during various crime investigations, it is believed that the suspect took the items and kept them to himself, and therefore he is suspected of faking the burglary and, by taking advantage of his official position, obtaining considerable economic gain. The suspect will be handed over to the detention unit supervisor and the police will file a criminal complaint against him to the Office for Suppression of Corruption and Organized Crime”, announced the Interior Ministry.
Due to the burglary, police Director General Vlado Dominić, chief of the Zagreb Police Department Goran Burušić and two high-ranking police officers in Zagreb resigned, while Dolački was dismissed from his duties, since the safe was located in his office.
After two kilograms of gold and 280,000 euros were stolen from the headquarters of the Criminal Investigations Department of the Zagreb police, the police cracked down on an international money laundering chain. It turned out that the money and the gold stored in the police safe belonged to two suspected members of a smuggling chain.