Sheep Marketplace was one of the online markets that gained popularity after the fall of Silk Road 1.0. The site’s alleged owner, Tomáš Jiřikovský, was arrested in March 2015 and little information has been released since his arrest, until now.
Jan Danek, head of the South Moravian police’s economic division, spoke with a local news outlet on the investigation and arrest of the Sheep Marketplace owner. Not only was Jiřikovský arrested for enabling a drug trade, but Moravian police are charging him also with the theft of millions of bitcoins, stolen from the site’s users.
Although two Florida men were arrested for stealing 5,400 bitcoins from the Sheep Marketplace between 2013-2014, the number of bitcoins stolen by Jiřikovský is far greater. At the time, the amount stolen was reported to be worth around $40 million.
In the Florida case, law enforcement was able to trace the stolen bitcoins through services like Blockchain.info. Danek explains that following the Sheep Marketplace shut down, officers were able to trace suspicious transactions to bank accounts in a similar manner.
South Moravian police became aware of the