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article imageGerman expat dies after robbery in Mallorca, Spain

By Anne Sewell     Sep 2, 2013 in Crime
A German pensioner has died after being tied up and beaten in a robbery at his home on the island of Mallorca in the Balearic Islands. His wife is being treated for head injuries and shock.
65-year-old Rainer Völker and his wife were attacked on Friday evening. Völker was pronounced dead when police arrived at the scene at 11 p.m. His wife, Irene Völker, was taken to hospital for treatment.
The robbers are believed to have entered the apartment through a broken garage door.
The couple were found on their bathroom floor, with their hands and feet bound.
Reportedly the couple sold their restaurant business, "Ca'n Faro" in Mallorca's Cala Millor for €300,000 to Russian businessmen some months earlier. According to Diario de Mallorca, the criminals were searching for the proceeds of the sale.
The couple had decided to retire and had sold the restaurant before moving to Sa Coma, a quieter area on the island.
Diario de Mallorca said that the robbers had believed that more than half of the sale proceeds were still in the couple's home. They ransacked the house, even taking apart air conditioner units and electrical switches. However, they apparently left jewellery and €1,000 in cash on the premises.
At present it is not known what the criminals did carry away from the house.
According to police sources, they are still investigating the case and there were injuries all over Völker's body. However the cause of death has not yet been established. His 76-year-old wife remains in hospital.
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