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Stockholm car chase follows axe robbery

Stockholm car chase follows axe robbery

Published: 30 Apr 2012 15:01 GMT+02:00
Updated: 30 Apr 2012 15:01 GMT+02:00

“We still don’t know if they managed to get something from the vehicle or not. No one was hurt,” said Catharina Järping of the Stockholm police to news agency TT.

The robbers attacked the vehicle around 11.20am on Monday, threatening the guard with both an axe and a pistol after he had parked the van near Swedbank.

The robbers then made their getaway in a Volvo. The vehicle was dumped nearby and the robbers changed cars a few streets away, where a third person waiting in a Mercedes picked them up.

Despite the car change, the perpetrators were discovered again by the pursuing police a bit further out of the city centre.

“They spotted the vehicle and bumped into it to try to stop the car,” Järping told TT.

But somehow the robbers still managed to escape the officers and dumped the smashed up car in the Stockholm suburb of Örnsberg, reported daily Aftonbaldet.

From there on, the police have no traces of the gang, despite searching the area by helicopter.

A large scale police search of the area was launched, with some 30 patrol cars involved in the action.

According to police they are grateful for any information that the public might have about the incident, and they are currently talking to witnesses to the event.

TT/Rebecca Martin

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16:26 April 30, 2012 by Abe L
Hope a full investigation follows as to why these robbers have gotten away after police rammed their vehicle. Why weren't they shot on the spot?
16:29 April 30, 2012 by gpafledthis
Ah ! an Axe !! old habits/customs die hard !! @AbeL-shooting is unmanly !!
17:14 April 30, 2012 by Rishonim
Useless police. They couldn't catch a cold if there were an epidemic.
00:34 May 1, 2012 by DAVID T
Haha - Swedish plod
05:39 May 1, 2012 by godnatt
I guess the robbers yelled at them in a confrontational way and the police decided to abandon the pursuit...
12:02 May 1, 2012 by Rishonim
Or they had to give up the chase in order to set up check points for sobriety test. The Swedish police are really good at letting you blow into the tube :-)
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