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Two arrested after bank robbery shoot-out

Two arrested after bank robbery shoot-out

Published: 10 Jan 2013 10:35 GMT+01:00
Updated: 10 Jan 2013 10:35 GMT+01:00

The heist took place at a branch of the Handelsbanken bank in Täby, northern Stockholm, when the two men drove their car into the bank's glass door.

"There were at least two assailants with what appeared to be automatic weapons. They drove into the bank in a car to get inside. We got the alarm at 8.52am," said Lars Byström of the Stockholm police to the TT news agency.

The thieves opened fire when the police arrived, hitting a police car but not injuring any officers.

Click here for images from the robbery and police chase

The thieves then changed car and attempted to make a getaway, opening fire on police once again.

One of the men was arrested shortly after their car was found in Bro, north-west of the city, while his accomplice escaped into the woods.

Police launched a massive manhunt for the accomplice with sniffer dogs and helicopters, eventually finding and arresting the man around midday.

According to the Expressen newspaper, the first suspect was arrested while waiting in line for his order at a roadside hamburger stand.

The arrested men, aged 35 and 24, are both known to police.

The 35-year-old man was most recently convicted in 2008 for preparing to commit aggravated robbery, and was sentenced to three years in prison.

In 2002, he was sentenced to six years in prison for attempted murder, pimping, and aggravated weapons law violations.

In August 2004, he and two other inmates escaped from prison with the help of two masked and armed men, but was arrested four days later.

The bank that was robbed was not open to the public at the time of the robbery, and no money was taken in the heist, according to Handelsbanken spokesman Henrik Westman.

"Like all banks, we have advanced security systems that minimizes the amount of cash that needs to be handled," he told TT.

Meanwhile on the south side of the city, a guard was hit in the head during a robbery on an armoured car outside of a Nordea bank in Huddinge.

Three robbers escaped, two on foot and a third in a car. According to the TT news agency, there have been reports that the guard was hit by an axe, although police are yet to confirm this.

Wednesday’s robberies follow two other high profile raids in the Stockholm area last week, one at a jewellery store in Södertälje where one of the suspected thieves died after being shot in the head by police.

The other was on a cash transit vehicle in central Stockholm when all the thieves escaped on the underground train line after letting off smoke bombs.

It remains unclear if any of the robberies are connected, and no money has been reported stolen so far.

The number of robberies in Sweden has dropped dramatically in recent years, with only five robberies taking place in 2012, compared with 16 in 2011.

In the early 1990s, there were more than 100 bank robberies a year, according to police statistics, with 153 taking place in 1991.

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17:09 January 10, 2013 by thecritic
Oh no, this probably another robbery attempt by the real "swedes" for sure.
09:49 January 11, 2013 by Reason and Realism
Why is the minister who was in charge of border inspections (who literally said that searching for weapons in cars and trucks at the crossing with Copenhagen was NOT deemed to be a priority vs. canabis and alcohol, until 2011 or 2012) not being asked to resign over the new lethality of the crime scene here thanks to increased use of automatic weapon, as a result of his own ministerial gross negligence and derreliction of duty?
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