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Helicopter robbery - how it happened

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 24 Sep 2009, 09:22

Published: 24 Sep 2009 09:22 GMT+02:00

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Here's how it happened, according to a report in the tabloid daily Aftonbladet.

5.15am - A helicopter is witnessed above the roof of the G4S cash depot in Västberga in Stockholm by staff at the National Rail Administration (Banverket) offices directly opposite.

5.19am - Police receive a call about the robbery. Witnesses watch as the stolen white Bell 206 Jet Ranger helicopter lets out three or four passengers on the roof. Explosions are heard as the robbers enter the building while the helicopter hovers above the building.

Several sacks of what is presumed to be money are then seen raised into the helicopter on a rope.

5.25am - The first police patrol arrives at the scene in Västberga but are ordered not to act as the robbers continue to load sacks of money into the helicopter. They have been ordered to await the arrival of the National Task Force.

5.35am - With the police looking on the helicopter lifts off from the roof of the building and heads north. The robbers had lain caltrops on the road routes out away from the building in order to hinder the police.

The National Task Force enters the building.

5.49am - The police helicopter station at Myttingen on Värmdö is notified but pilots can not lift off as a suspected bomb is found in front of the helicopter hanger.

7am - The police confirm that none of the 21 G4S staff were hurt in the attack.

7.37am - Explosives are found in the building and police extend the cordon around the depot.

8.15am - The helicopter is found in woodland near Skavlöten in Arninge north of Stockholm.

8.42am - The police escort the G4S staff out from the cash depot.

1pm - police dispose of the suspected bomb at the helicopter station on Värmdö with the help of a water cannon.

3pm - Police hold a press conference where they classify the crime as an extraordinary event and are thus able to call on the resources of police forces from across the country.

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By 6pm in the evening the police had arrested two men in connection with the robbery as they combed the Stockholm underworld for clues to what is described as a well-organised professional heist.

Criminology professor Leif G W Persson said on Wednesday that the cash depot could have housed up to a billion kronor ($146 million) in cash.

Media reports on Thursday indicate that a mafia boss from the Balkans could be the brains behind the robbery.

It is also reported that Stockholm police had previously received information that a helicopter heist was being planned in the area but that the National Task Force had been conducting surveillance at the wrong depot, in Bromma in the north-west of the city.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

11:26 September 24, 2009 by apostolos1975
From the above it looks like alot of USELESS and INCOMPETENT people "work" in the swedish police and other organizations. I wonder if any of these LEECHES will be fired after this?!?
12:04 September 24, 2009 by izbz
Great idea! dispose a*suspected' bomb with water canon, what if it is a real one. Fantastic bomb disposal squad!!!!!!
12:29 September 26, 2009 by crunchy2k
That bomb makes me think there could be an inside man. Water has a nice way of washing away any DNA, fiber, and other forensic evidence. The force from the water or the water itself could have detonated the bomb at the scene. In the USA, they do controlled detonations with a small charge which leaves the evidence intact. A lot of lunches and kids backpacks get destroyed here, though. LOL
18:20 September 26, 2009 by hjoian
absolutely brilliantly planned......or an inside job,especially as the Task Force was in the wrong location.... Police standing around while watching a robbery...laughable....next stop Rio!
21:30 September 29, 2009 by storebrand
I guess with 1 Billion SEK in your pocket, you could payoff the entire incompetent Swedish police force. It all seem like a really bad comedy show! How about pulling out some guns and shooting at the heli? I guess I should have become a criminal instead of a scientist. In Sweden they all get away!
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