Police came on Thursday to arrest Vladimir Prokop at his
office at the National Agriculture Museum, close to the Interior
Ministry. He fled through the exhibition halls of the museum, an
emergency exit staircase and then hailed a cab, television Nova
reported late on Friday.
"He was an ordinary, even compliant man, nobody thought he would
turn out to be a world-class trickster," the museum spokesman
Lubomir Marsik said.
The money stolen amounts to roughly a third of the annual budget
of the museum. Most of it was found in plastic bags at Prokop's
Prokop got the job at the museum under a false identity,
presenting himself as a trained economist. Calls to his phone
number, still listed on the museum's website on Saturday, went
He escaped last June from prison where he was serving time for
embezzling 10 million Czech crowns from the Prague branch of the
Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren, where he managed its
foreign donations, Czech news agency CTK said.
($1 = 20.0369 Czech crowns)
(Reporting by Robert Muller; editing by Andrew Roche)
[© 2014 Thomson Reuters. All rights
Copyright 2014 Reuters. All rights reserved. This material may not be published,
broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.