Forged Bank of Tokyo travelers' checks totaling the equivalent of nearly $183,600 have been found in 17 countries over the past three weeks, police said today.
They disclosed that Spain and Iran were added to the list of countries where the forged checks, in denominations of 20,000 and 50,000 yen ($73.10 and $183.60) have surfaced.
Forged checks have also been found in the United States, Canada, Italy, France, the Netherlands, West Germany, Sweden, Austria, Singapore, India, Switzerland, Monaco, Malaysia, Thailand and Finland.
The robbers ransacked the apartment, police said. Clothes were strewn about the bedroom and there were splotches of blood in many places, they said.
Accordingly to Zelaska and relatives, the victims had just finished a Sunday brunch at 2:30 p.m. when their was a knock on the door. When they answered, four men - two armed with handguns - entered the apartment, Zelaska said.
After robbing the victims of their watches and rings, the robbers took the four to separate areas of the third floor apartment, bound their hands, placed towels over their heads and slashed their throats, Zelaska said.
Zelaska said police had not determined what weapon was used to cut the victims' throats since no weapon was found at the scene. Police refused to say what was used to tie the victims.
Telford, a junior education major at George Mason University, freed herself shortly after the robbers left and alerted neighbors who summoned police.