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Toni Musulin, France's Hero Outlaw, Gives Himself Up After Stealing $16.5 Million

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

His story captivated French hearts, but now Toni Musulin, a French security van driver who fled the country with 11 Million Euros ($16.5 million) in cash, is in police custody.

Reuters reports that Musulin handed himself in to police in Morocco on Monday. He had been on the run for 11 days.

From Reuters:

Toni Musulin disappeared with his vehicle while on a delivery round in the eastern French city of Lyon on Nov. 5, shortly after taking charge of sacks of cash from a local branch of the Bank of France.

Whilst initially police worried he had been kidnapped, it was soon discovered that the 39-year-old Musulin had emptied his fridge, cleared his office of sheets and papers, and withdrawn all the money from his bank accounts, according to The Guardian. A nationwide manhunt was launched.

On November 9, almost 9 million Euros of the stolen money was found in a garage in Lyon, according to the BBC. His plan appeared to be unraveling.

Musulin was seen as a hero by many in France. True to the country's revolutionary history, he was a true French rouge, getting what he deserved from the fat cats and corporate suits. Earlier this week Time wrote on the spectacle:

Within hours of the heist's making the news, envious Frenchmen were Twittering about the feat and praising Musulin on blogs on the Internet. So far, more than a hundred Musulin Facebook fan groups have been created with names ranging from "Run Tony Musulin Run" to "Tony Musulin for President." The domain name tonymusulin.fr was also promptly bought by a Web designer, who is now peddling Musulin T-shirts featuring his mug shot under palm trees and alongside catchphrases like "I'm your girl, Tony" and bumper stickers reading "Tony Musulin: Without Hate or Violence."

However, his reputation as something of a master criminal - a reputation spread by both his fans and French police - seems to be at odds with his arrest. The Times of London reports:

''He seemed quite bizarre when he gave himself up,'' said a police source in Monaco. ''We don't understand his motivations. We don't even know if he really realized he was in Monaco.''

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