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Helicopter heist: millions offered as reward for tips

TT/The Local · 25 Sep 2009, 10:09

Published: 25 Sep 2009 10:09 GMT+02:00

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According to Ulf Göranzon at Stockholm police an "arrest could be just around the corner but could also occur later." He is however certain that the police will find the perpetrators of the audacious robbery.

"Of course we will (find them), sooner or later," he said.

The police have appealed for information from other countries and are continually exchanging details via Interpol and Europol.

"This is not exceptional for this case, this is done on a daily basis," Göranzon pointed out.

Despite the wave of information coming in from sources around the city, the police have appealed for more information from the public.

Of particular interest is information about the helicopter's movements before and after the robbery.

The Swedish police have assigned 100 officers to work with the case.

The main part of the investigation is currently to sort through the wealth of information provided by the public in the hope of finding clues to lead the police to the gang.

Göranzon rejected the implication that the police have not managed to turn up any concrete leads in the case and responded that at this stage of the investigation it is best not to publicise any information gathered.

Göranzon was unwilling to comment on media reports that a gang consisting of organized criminals from the former Yugoslavia was behind the attack.

"We do not intend to limit ourselves to these type of allegations so early in the investigation, we plan to work broadly and without presumptions. We have also seen these types of crimes undertaken by people who live in Sweden."

Jerzy Sarnecki, a professor in criminology at Stockholm University, believes that the chances of catching the robbers, who he thinks are Swedish, are decent.

"Those that have planned this robbery are very often those that are actually involved, partly because they are capable of it, partly because it is the most rewarding psychologically, and finally because they want to keep control over their investment."

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Sarnecki points out that serious robberies are usually solved in 50 percent of cases.

"In this case the chances are perhaps slightly higher as there are so many involved. It increases the chances of doing something stupid, like starting to spend the money or to get drunk and talk."

Sarnecki also pointed out that as the case represents such an enormous loss of prestige for the Swedish police, massive resources will be allocated in the hunt for the gang.

As for the money swiped in the heist, Sarnecki predicts the chances of recovering any of the funds to be very slight.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

13:46 September 25, 2009 by Hauhr
It gives me a great sense of relief when I read that "an arrest could be just around the corner but could also occur later". These definative status updates definitely give the impression that the police really have a handle on things. It is almost like watching the weather and being informed that tomorrow, it may rain but also may not rain.
14:20 September 25, 2009 by Rick Methven
Actually I can say that without any doublt at all that it will either go dark or rain by morning. In fact I can further say that it may actually rain and go dark by morning. A further preditiction is that the robbery will definately NOT be solved by the morning
17:11 September 25, 2009 by Onepack
How much money did these chaps get anyway, and when will the movie be released? Should be a blockbuster!
18:59 September 25, 2009 by izbz
Getting bored with this robbery thing. at least the truck driver story is much better. Caught him armed
20:58 September 25, 2009 by maxbrando
This is the case of the Kalle Anka crooks vs. the Kalle Anka cops. The police are such inept idiots up there.
02:45 September 26, 2009 by 12345
Hmmm...Where to start...where to end... G4S offering a reward of $1million for tips...but their real intension is really good and strategical. Indirectly they fetching the truth from the one who knows everything about this plan (might be). Great step...But the other way around it can be kind of foolish thing...because the one who is good at narrating the story can also get that price money!!!!!

The probability of the case is waiting for right time and for right place. There are chances that any one of them will make a mistake and they will for sure. It needs lots of patience to solve this case.
09:44 September 26, 2009 by kovacfamily@mac.com
G4S in the Czech Republic

2002 - largest robbery (on that time) CZK 153m = SEK 61,2m

2007 - new Czech record CZK 500m = SEK 200m stolen from the cash depot

no arrests
13:26 September 26, 2009 by Jack123
I think this is an inside job ! They couldnt do it if they didnt study everything , Wierd that this happened in Sverige.

The swedish police arent idiots but this operation was planned to the last second , They will find them , sooner or later ....

But according to Metro , Stockholm city this operation was studied , and one of them atleast has a military background also they had big guns what do you think the police can do about it ! Wait a couple of weeks or days ! :)
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