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Spanish police steal €1 million in Ibiza heist

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Spanish police steal €1 million in Ibiza heist
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Two policemen from the Spanish island of Ibiza have been arrested on suspicion of stealing nearly a €1 million ($1.35 million) from the offices of a company owned by a former top politician.

The policeman were taken into custody after allegedly stealing €990,000 from the headquarters of Matutes, a holding company founded by ex-Spanish Foreign Affairs Minister Abel Matutes.

Matutes was Spain's foreign affairs minister from 1996 to 2000. 

The theft took place on the night of October 25th with the two officers ransacking the safe of the company.

However, on Sunday, police were able to recover the money and return it to the ex-minister.

Matutes has now decided to donate €100,000 to the National Police Orphan Foundation in thanks for their work, Spanish newspaper El Mundo reported on Monday.

One of the suspects in the crime — a decorated officer — was a well-known rally driver who had just announced plans to open a driving school on the island.   

Police believe other people were involved in the robbery, although the two officers taken into custody were key to the plot.

The holding company Matutes owns businesses including an international hotel chain, several construction companies and real estate firms.

In 2012, it notched up earnings up €300 million.

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