The founder of a Spanish social network, called Tuenti, was robbed in his home in Madrid by a gang of thieves who managed to steal tens of millions of euros in bitcoin. Zaryn Dentzel told police he was in his apartment when robbers forcibly entered and tortured him for four hours, forcing him to tell them the passwords to access his virtual currency accounts.
The gang of thieves consisted of four or five people, who rang the doorbell and forcibly entered after opening them, the man said. He also told law enforcement that the attackers blindfolded him, beat him and tortured him for four hours, forcing him to tell them the passwords to access his virtual assets, El Pais notes.
Spanish police have confirmed the authenticity of media reports about the case. It is suspected that the thieves come from Eastern Europe, but investigators are going on all possible tracks, a spokesman said.
The robbery took place on Tuesday in a luxury apartment complex near the Prado Museum in the center of the Spanish capital. The victim is a 38-year-old American citizen from Santa Barbara, California, who has lived in Spain since the late 1990s and founded a social network called Tuenti.
He also said that there were two other men in the apartment at the time of the robbery, a friend of his and a technician, who were tied up and their mouths were covered. He also said that the thieves attacked him with an electric shock gun, scratched his chest with a knife and sprayed him in the eyes.
Laptops, tablets and mobile phones were also stolen from the victim’s house, reports dpa, quoted by Agerpres. According to media reports, there were witnesses to this action. A neighbor said he saw a group of men with their faces covered coming out of the building with several large bags.
Editor : A.A.