The Securitas guard was doing his rounds near the Prisextra supermarket in Hallonbergen just north of Stockholm at 6 pm. Two armed men approached the guard, demanded the bag and shot him in the jaw before jumping in a car and speeding away.
The guard, on the ground and bleeding in front of onlookers, used his mobile to call his boss and tell him about the robbery.
One witness took note of the getaway car’s license plate number before the vehicle sped off.
Police found the black Saab 9000, which was reported stolen earlier, in Duvbo a short distance off. Police think the robbers switched vehicles at that point. The Securitas bag was found near the abandoned car, apparently opened by a chainsaw. It is not know if the thieves made off with any money.
Police are investigating the bag and car for clues. The guard was conscious and was transported to Karolinska hospital in Solna.
Stefan Wikman, Securitas spokesman, said the company would investigate before making any policy decisions.
Trade union Transport has criticized the company for allowing its personnel to work alone in such situations.
“Now what we warned about has happened,” said Per Winberg, spokesman for Transport. “We have to get away from single-manned crews for pickups. I don’t see any other possibility than to consider a new form of pickup … if you don’t begin a two-man pickup routine.”
The Hallonbergen robbery was the latest in a spate of raids on security vehicles. Other transport robberies in the last year:
March 7 – Landvetters airport in Gothenburg
December 16 – a transport vehicle blown open near Hölö in Stockholm
November 11 – a money depot in Jönköping
October 27 – transport robbery near Helsingborg
August 29 – 14 million taken from heist in Hallunda
August 25 – money depot robbed of 26 million kronor in Akalla in northern Stockholm