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Svartenbrandt remanded into custody for robbery

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Svartenbrandt remanded into custody for robbery
11:48 CEST+02:00
Lars-Inge Svartenbrandt, a 63-year-old with a long criminal history, was remanded into custody on Sunday on suspicion of the armed robbery of a Swedbank branch in Säter in central Sweden.

The two women arrested with Svartenbrandt on Thursday morning have been released, Dalarna police have confirmed.

"They were released this afternoon," Mattias Skarp at Dalarna police said on Saturday evening.

Skarp said that he could not confirm but that he presumed that the women - arrested on charges of conspiracy to commit robbery and protection of a known criminal respectively - were still under suspicion despite their release.

63-year-old Svartenbrandt, considered one of the most dangerous criminals in Sweden, was however requested by the prosecutor to be remanded into custody on charges of armed robbery on Saturday.

A hearing was held at Borlänge police station at 1pm on Sunday, Mattias Skarp confirmed.

According to the police all three of the suspects have denied the offences.

The arrests of Svartenbrandt and one the women occurred just before 6 am on Thursday morning on a motorway close to Hagfors. According to police, the arrest was uneventful.

The second woman was arrested at around the same time in an apartment in Hagfors.

The robbery occurred at Swedbank in Säter on Wednesday when two armed men forced their way into the branch of the bank and seized a sum of money.

The pair fled the scene in a car which was later found on a deserted forest trail some 10 kilometres from the Säter.

Police have not yet given any indication of the identity of the other robber.

Svartenbrandt's rap sheet includes a 1999 shooting of a police officer in Linköping and a 2003 robbery of a Systembolaget alcohol retail outlet in Söderhamn, where one person was taken hostage.

In January, Svartenbrandt was charged with aggravated robbery, gross theft, unlawful entry, narcotics-related offences and knife possession.

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