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Sack of urine led to Swedish thief's capture
This bag of urine is not the one featured in the article

Sack of urine led to Swedish thief's capture

Published: 09 Mar 2011 13:38 GMT+01:00
Updated: 09 Mar 2011 13:38 GMT+01:00

The 27-year-old Swede and his accomplice survived a weekend on water and cornflakes after managing to sneak into the bank's vault in May of last year, the Aftonbladet newspaper reports.

Outside the bank, two other men stood watch armed with mobile phones which they used to warn the Swede and his partner about the bank guards' rounds.

While in the vault, the robbers emptied 140 safety deposit boxes of cash and jewelry.

During their extended stay in the bank's basement, the pair made use of plastic bags to heed nature's call.

When the Swede and his fellow thief attempted to leave the bank on Monday morning, they were discovered by a security guard, who gave chase.

In an attempt to distract the guard, the 27-year-old Swede threw the urine-filled bag at him.

And while he and his accomplice managed to escape following the counter-attack, the decision to leave the bag full of pee behind turned out to be the Swede's downfall.

Investigators were eventually able to use DNA found in the discarded urine to identify him.

On Tuesday, the Swede was convicted for the coup by a Danish court and sentenced to one year and nine months in prison.

During the trial, the 27-year-old admitted to being in the bank vault, but denied involvement in the planning of the heist, the Danish Ekstrabladet newspaper reported.

His three accomplices, however, were never caught and the loot, which resulted in the bank paying out 2.7 million kronor ($425,000) in compensation to the deposit box owners, was never recovered.

The Local/dl (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

14:09 March 9, 2011 by rob582
Now thats just taking the p*ss......
14:22 March 9, 2011 by Hauhr
OK so we know that 99% of the time The Local uses images from some kind of image bank that have a vague connection to the title of the story, as opposed to paying for a picture from a freelance photographer or using a reader-submitted image.

What makes me laugh in this case is how there could be a library image for this story!! Just load up the search page, type in "bag of pee", and oh you are in luck, it just so happens we have a bag of pee right here which would fit your story perfectly...
14:50 March 9, 2011 by calebian22
Hauhr,

I noticed the same thing. Maybe this is the end result of too much fika at the Local offices? "Get the camera, Johan, peed in a bag again!"
15:54 March 9, 2011 by RobinHood
This is the best story of the day.

Run your cursor over the picture and you will see the enigmatic comment "This bag of urine is not the one featured in the article." So where did this bag of urine come from then?

Did you Local guys pee in a bag this morning and then take pictures of it in the yard?
16:02 March 9, 2011 by JulieLou40
Ha ha ha ha...that made my day :-D
16:05 March 9, 2011 by mieoux
hahahahahaha! Hilarious! Does this mean that a Swedish person traveled all the way to Denmark specifically to rob a bank there? Bag of urine hahahahaha! I wll never be able to stop laughing!
16:40 March 9, 2011 by Thomas Dolby
Regarding the photo image...

Albeit It's a good thing the thief didn't leave a number 2 : -)
18:37 March 9, 2011 by Swedesmith
That's not mine, that's urine.
19:47 March 9, 2011 by Tanskalainen
Urine the money.
20:24 March 9, 2011 by mojofat
Well that's a headline you don't see every day.
20:31 March 9, 2011 by Swedesmith
Urine a heap a' trouble, boy.
23:14 March 9, 2011 by charubun pananon
Why anyone don't think that the headline's photo is the whisky and soda or beer in the bag ? (I just want to make joke to you - and I hope it could be - 'smile makes us fine')
05:50 March 10, 2011 by hjoian
i want to know how to people hide in a bank vault? Must be seriously crap security in Danish banks.
12:05 March 10, 2011 by johnny1939
Wonderful pic to start off my morning!!!
13:41 March 10, 2011 by Mpf
The headline says "Sack of urine....."

Definition of sack:

(n) Large bag made of strong rough cloth or strong paper, used for storing or carryong flour, coal, vegetables etc

So the sack I assume was a little soggy then.
16:07 March 10, 2011 by Tanskalainen
It turns out the thief is a devout Episscopalian.
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