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Copenhagen heist suspect has perfect alibi

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11:06 CEST+02:00
One of the Swedes remanded in custody in connection with a multi-million kronor robbery in Copenhagen has the perfect alibi: he was in Swedish detention at the time of the raid.

The suspect concerned is a 23-year-old man who was arrested after the robbery on August 10th. He has been remanded in custody for a week.

"I can vouch that he was not in Copenhagen last Sunday", said the suspect's lawyer Nils Tegman to Aftonbladet.

Three other Swedes and one Dane were arrested last week for allegedly carrying out a robbery that netted 60 million Danish kroner ($10.5 million).

A group of armed men burst into the offices of Danish cash security transport firm Dansk Värdihåntering A/S in Bröndby, a suburb of the Danish capital Copenhagen last Sunday. The men used an excavator to crash their way into the secure building.

At 4pm on Saturday armed police raided the Hotel Scandic in central Copenhagen and arrested the four suspected Swedish robbers.

The Dane was arrested in a lay-by along the motorway heading south out of Copenhagen.

The arrests were made after an extended surveillance operation against the gang, according to Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet.

The crack police unit found a pile with 1,000 Danish kroner notes and a couple of mobile telephones spread on a coffee table in the hotel lobby when they stormed the hotel in the hunt for the gang.

Danish police have stated that they believe that up to 20 people were involved in the robbery.

Om Monday, a 38-year-old and a 63-year-old man were arrested at a country house in Sengeløse, west of Copenhagen. Police found weapons that may have been used during the robbery at the country house.

At present, a total of seven persons are behind bars for the robbery. However, police believe that at least another 15 persons must have been involved, especially as the robbers gained entrance into the secure bank's building by using an excavator.

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