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Man arrested in helicopter heist probe

TT/David Landes · 23 Sep 2009, 16:08

Published: 23 Sep 2009 16:08 GMT+02:00

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“One person has been arrested who may be of interest in the investigation,” said Christian Agdur of the Stockholm police during a Wednesday afternoon police conference, according to the Aftonbladet newspaper.

The man has not been formally named as a suspect, but remains in police custody pending the outcome of an interrogation.

The spectacular robbery, which took place early Wednesday morning and targeted a cash depot in Västberga, involved a stolen helicopter and fake bombs in a highly orchestrated caper.

“The robbery was well-organized, well-planned, and technically well-equipped. Taken together, it can lead to a number of possible hypotheses about who could have been involved,” said Agdur.

Shortly after 5am, a white helicopter hovered over the depot, several explosions were heard, and several masked men climbed down onto the roof of the building.

According to eye-witness accounts, several objects were then loaded up into the helicopter before it left the scene.

It was later found abandoned in a field north of Stockholm.

Some experts have theorized that at least one of the robbers may have had a military background. Others marveled at the skill displayed by the pilot of the helicopter, which had been stolen from a heliport north of Stockholm overnight.

“It was very professionally done. Not even a police of ambulance helicopter would land in that way,” said Anders Jansson of the Stockholm police.

A high ranking official who wished to remain anonymous told TT he suspects the crime was an inside job.

“The robbers must have had access to drawings and other detailed information about how they could get in and how they should orient themselves once inside the cash depot,” the source told TT.

Police continue to come up with a list of possible assailants of which there like isn’t “all that many” according to the source.

He wouldn’t rule out that the robbers may have had military training, “perhaps somewhere outside of Sweden”.

According to the source, the perpetrators were armed with “weapons bigger than usual”, which he hinted referred to a specific type of automatic weapon, although he refused to be more specific.

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The G4S cash transport company which operated the depot said in a statement on its website that the robbers made off with “an unconfirmed sum of money”.

“We’re doing all we can to help the police with their investigation,” writes the company, promising “a large reward” for information which helps solve the crime.

Public prosecutor Leif Görtz of the international section of the Stockholm prosecutor’s office has been chosen to lead the preliminary investigation in the case.

“Just because I work in the international section doesn’t automatically mean that the crime has any international connections. We also deal with other cases involving serious organized crime,” he told the TT news agency.

TT/David Landes (news@thelocal.se)

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17:20 September 23, 2009 by this_aint_sparta
"One person has been arrested who may be of interest in the investigation,"

The person was already known to police since two years when he was busted after getting away with a red bull from pressbyran at vasagatan. Police believes they got the break through needed and in the next 24hours they will be having the rest of the gang in custody, they are also hoping to recover the empty cans of the red bulls previously went missing from sevral pressbyrans in stockholm area, the "pent" from that will be used to further strengthen the security of G4S cash transport company.
21:01 September 23, 2009 by conboy
The non-armoured plated roof of the cash center with the glass pyramid and a flat area capable of baring the weight of HELICOPTER shows the base line idiocy prevalent in the private Swedish security industry. I hope the insurance companies take them to the cleaners Group 4 Sweden are nothing short of a joke and as for the Stockholm police's security measures around their helicopters is this the second or third time their poor security has led to serious crimes being commited? What a shower of numpties?
21:29 September 23, 2009 by eZee.se

Thanks! That was funny :D
00:05 September 24, 2009 by aebak
In another dramatic development police have also discovered an underground tunnel near the site where the helicopter was abandoned. The tunnel has led investigators to an abandoned house in suburban Tel Aviv. The prosecutor's office believes that the daylight robbery has connections to an intelligence agency of a Middle Eastern country not very happy with Swedish freedoms of expression, and it could be a case of revenge against Swedish society. In addition, many important clues have been found in the tunnel, which was littered with empty Red Bull cans. The DNA found on the cans matches the DNA of the suspect arrested today, Since the case is so close to being solved, the suspect is expected to receive a very hard sentence for stealing a billion kroner, he is expected to serve 15 months in jail without access to internet.
01:40 September 24, 2009 by SamUSA
damn looks like stockholm is going to be tightening up the security at the banks... who would have ever thought something so HOLLYWOOD would happen!!!!!

ever seen The Italian Job???? watch it. its good.
03:02 September 24, 2009 by bravedave
Im wondering if the roadblock I met on the old Stockholms Vägen with armed MP5 police had anything to do with this on the day of the robbery. There was a car with one guy in it sitting completely still with police around him, and searching the woods, aswell as guarding what looked like a suspect.
09:18 September 24, 2009 by jack sprat
aebak..""The DNA found on the cans matches the DNA of the suspect arrested today, Since the case is so close to being solved, the suspect is expected to receive a very hard sentence for stealing a billion kroner, he is expected to serve 15 months in jail without access to internet.""

I expect that will be reduced on appeal to two months in a care home with stress councelling.

Reminds me when my place was done, the cops "removed" two full beer cans along with the empties for "testing".

Only hope they enjoyed their "testing" cos I never seen them again.

Ah well as they say.... "Set a thief to catch a thief"
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