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Two more arrested for cash transit raid

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10:46 CET+01:00
GOTHENBURG. Five people have now been arrested on suspicion of involvement in the security vehicle robbery in Stora Höga, north of Gothenburg, on November 3rd last year.

The fourth, a man who was born in 1974, was arrested in Åre during Wednesday night. The fifth person was arrested on Thursday and is suspected of handling stolen goods in relation to the crime, Thord Haraldsson at Trollhättan police told Swedish Radion West.

A 35 year old man and two women aged 35 and 20 were arrested and taken into custody in Stockholm on Tuesday. The man is suspected of serious robbery while the women are suspected of aiding the crime.

Prosecutor Mats Eriksson said he believes that more people were involved.

"Yes, I think so. And we hope to be able to instigate legal proceedings against all of them. Things have gone pretty well in the last few days," he said.

"Our suspicions about a number of those involved have increased."

The prosecutor is expected to decide on Thursday whether to charge the people currently being held.

The robbery, which took place early in the morning, was violent. Two people wearing masks and dark clothes and armed with automatic weapons blew open the security vehicle at the scene and made off with a large sum of money. Precisely how much cash the robbers got away with has never been revealed.

In response to the robbery, which was just one of many in recent months, the transport union's regional safety controller in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö stopped all cash transits in the cities. That led to shortages in ATM machines and stockpiles of cash in stores.

But the vehicles were back on the road a few days later after the Swedish Work Environment Authority decided to tighten the regulations concerning cash deliveries and collections.

The amount being transported was reduced, and security firms were told to vary their routines more frequently.

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