Ex-SAS soldier arrested over robbery on French chateau where masked thugs stormed British-German couple’s home …

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AN ex-SAS soldier has been arrested over a robbery where masked thugs stormed British-German couple’s home and threatened to kill them.

The 57-year-old former elite serviceman was one of six suspects brought in by French cops in connection with the 2016 hold-up.

 The owners of this French chateau were robbed by a masked gang last year

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The owners of this French chateau were robbed by a masked gang last year

The robbery at a chateau in France’s Dordogne region took place on November 15 last year as the family entertained seven guests.

The robbers spoke English and addressed the owner by name, police said.

They threatened to kill the couple and escaped with several thousand euros in cash from an underground safe and a luxury watch, the Telegraph reports.

The couple were named by the paper as Victoria Heinig and her husband Ralph, who are said to have bought the property ten years ago for £1.4million.

 One of the suspects arrested was a 57-year-old former SAS soldier (file image)

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One of the suspects arrested was a 57-year-old former SAS soldier (file image)

Mr Heinig reportedly spoke of his relief at the arrests of the suspects, heaping praise on cops for their “fantastic” work.

He also revealed his surprise that a British soldier was among those picked up, the paper reports.

But he is quoted as saying that could explain why one of the robbers appeared very professional and calm.

 The Château de La Durantie, built in 1830, is now rented out for weddings

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The Château de La Durantie, built in 1830, is now rented out for weddings
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Mr Heinig reportedly suspects that an unknown former worker at the property could have passed information to the gang.

Security at the chateau is said to have been ramped up since the robbery.

The Château de La Durantie, built in 1830, is now rented out for weddings.


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