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Jewelry thief dies in getaway car smash-up

Jewelry thief dies in getaway car smash-up

Published: 30 Sep 2010 14:34 GMT+02:00
Updated: 30 Sep 2010 14:34 GMT+02:00

A man who robbed a jewelry shop in western Sweden died after the gang's luxury getaway car smashed into a lamp post. Two of the man’s accomplices were also injured in the violent crash.

“The man lay dead on the street. There was a machine gun in the grass,” a witness who arrived on the scene shortly after the accident told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

Police commander Claes Ohlsson confirmed for Sveriges Television (SVT) that one of the robbers had died in the crash.

It was shortly after 10.30am when four men parked their black Jaguar outside the Guldfynd jewelry store in central Varberg.

Donning masks, three of the assailants darted inside carrying baseball bats and wooden clubs to rob the shop.

From the street, glass could be heard shattering inside the store, and the three men emerged again, racing back toward the Jaguar.

“No one was hurt,” Lars Grimbeck, a spokesperson for the Halland police, told the TT news agency.

The fourth member of the gang, who had been sitting outside in the waiting vehicle, stepped on the gas and the Jaguar peeled out of sight at high speed.

The quartet’s getaway took them out onto route 153, which heads east toward Ullared and Värnamo, but their escape didn’t last long.

After driving a little more than a kilometre, the driver lost control of the vehicle for as of yet unknown reasons, causing it to veer off the road and into a lamp post.

"One of the guys was tossed out and probably flew 15 to 20 metres before he landed on the other side of the road," witness Christoffer Svensson told the Expressen newspaper.

The man who was thrown from the car, along with two other men were injured so severely that they were unable to leave the area and were taken to hospital for treatment. The fourth man managed to flee on foot, but was later arrested.

One of the men taken to hospital later died from his injuries.

According to TT, the Jaguar used in the heist was stolen in Kungälv in western Sweden on Wednesday.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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14:59 September 30, 2010 by BrittInSweden
Talk about karma.
15:08 September 30, 2010 by Argentox
A real pro gang. :)
15:20 September 30, 2010 by AirForceGuy
Talk about poetic justice. Just saved the taxpayers the cost of a trial.
16:36 September 30, 2010 by this_aint_sparta
They should immediately revoke the drivers lisence of the guy killed.
16:36 September 30, 2010 by Roy E
Justice is the best when it is instant.
16:43 September 30, 2010 by zircon
How many of Swedish politicians when at home play Grand Theft Auto? Just curious.
17:28 September 30, 2010 by Trebla
They should have stolen a Saab. :)
17:41 September 30, 2010 by JLondon
@Trebla

Should have stolen a Saab XD hahaha
17:42 September 30, 2010 by fatehs
never expected to here such stories here in Sweden!
17:43 September 30, 2010 by Eagle63
Well, luckily they weren't driving a Saab; then they probably would not have crashed but have escaped....
17:49 September 30, 2010 by spo10
if these guys were somewhere else other than Sweden, they'd be left out in the road to die. talk about Karma.
18:17 September 30, 2010 by Liquidmonkey
too bad all criminals don't face the same result.

just imagine where that tax money could be spent instead of keeping idiot criminals in jail.
18:58 September 30, 2010 by Båt-boy
Lamppost caught them!!! Not the Police... what a surprise!
19:20 September 30, 2010 by Sam1
Hahaha damn every one is funny here the revoke license and the lamp post caught them... :-) its true, what goes around comes around, since they had guns, they planned to kill...but still they don't deserve to die..
19:53 September 30, 2010 by Mb 65
i read in the paper today that that a guy had his jag stolen by to guys who pulled him from his car a took the keys i hope it was this lot.
20:05 September 30, 2010 by Swedesmith
They should have stolen my car, they'd be alive today cuz the damn thing won't start!
20:53 September 30, 2010 by max2maximum
@Fernandis..... So according to you criminals belong to a certain race or religion...???
22:32 September 30, 2010 by ww77ww
One off the welfare rolls with no expensive legal and incarceration costs...efficient
23:14 September 30, 2010 by sendia
It's like those thieves in the film transporter when the get caught after being dropped off by jason, well they shot one of their own and here its a bit different.
00:01 October 1, 2010 by nic_tester
Such a waste of a good car.
00:51 October 1, 2010 by jazzIIIlove
Thank god, I was bored of listening SD win and princess' visit to France.
07:06 October 1, 2010 by Marley420
To much TV...
07:37 October 1, 2010 by flintis
@Editor: The title of this newssite claims that it is the news in ENGLISH, if so please make sure that the spelling & grammar are ENGLISH.

JEWELLERY is the correct spelling.

@airforceguy: It's gonna cost the tax payer more, cos they're gonna have several inquiries into how the crash occured & why the "Lexus" killed the driver, then a commission to investigate the dangers of getaway cars & a campaign to warn all potential JEWELLERY thieves of the dangers.
07:55 October 1, 2010 by mikewhite
Yes, children, even robbers should wear their seat belts !
08:28 October 1, 2010 by hpunlimited
No more Grand Theft Auto game playing for him. Thank god one less robber is walking the streets now.
09:39 October 1, 2010 by helveeta
Were these Swedish people or other nationality?
10:07 October 1, 2010 by flintis
@helveeta: is that not a racist remark??

Probably some of those documentless innocents migrations-sviket let in!
13:13 October 1, 2010 by mau5
@flintis...

"Editor: The title of this newssite claims that it is the news in ENGLISH, if so please make sure that the spelling & grammar are ENGLISH.

JEWELLERY is the correct spelling."

LOL...Not to nit pick (some people must have a lot of time on their hands) but... 'The Local's' spelling of the word jewelry is the correct English spelling. Jewellery is the British spelling.
13:54 October 1, 2010 by flintis
@mau5: Not to nit pick:- The spelling you refer to is the American English spelling.

The correct English/British English spelling is Jewellery, take it from an English graduate & Collins English Dictionary
14:34 October 1, 2010 by Daveo
Good. Nuf said.
22:53 October 1, 2010 by ajs42548
I love happy endings.
23:05 October 1, 2010 by wxman
Live by the sword; die by the sword. All is right with the universe.
12:01 October 2, 2010 by helveeta
@flintis Actually I said that because I have noticed how much Swedish media is censored. Where I come from you are told the person's name, age, race, medical history, etc. But now that you mention it, they probably are exactly what you said!
00:59 October 3, 2010 by zircon
Khet would be probably a better choice. Next time.
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