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Several arrests made in helicopter heist probe

TT/The Local · 27 Sep 2009, 18:54

Published: 27 Sep 2009 18:54 GMT+02:00

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“This is the fruit of some solid criminal investigative work by police,” National Criminal Investigation Department (Rikskriminalpolisen) spokesperson Arne Andersson told the TT news agency.

He confirmed that several people were arrested in a number of raids carried out in the Stockholm area on Sunday morning.

Those detained are suspected of aggravated robbery and being an accomplice to aggravated robbery.

“The arrests were uneventful. They were taken in by our national task force,” said Andersson.

Andersson wouldn’t rule out that more arrests might be on the way.

“We’ll see, but I don’t see that happening for the time being,” he said.

The theft of the G4S cash depot in Västberga south of Stockholm early Wednesday morning will go down in the annals of Swedish criminal history.

After having sabotaged the police’s helicopters, the robbers broke into the building by lowering themselves to the roof from a stolen helicopter. They then hoisted up an undisclosed sum of cash before escaping again in the helicopter.

In an usual move for Sweden, G4S has offered a reward of 7 million kronor ($1 million) to anyone who provides information which leads to arrests or an indictment, or which contributes to the recovery of the money.

According to Andersson, however, Sunday’s arrests did not come from acting upon a tip, bur from old-fashioned police work.

Attorney Leif Silbersky has been appointed to defend one of the men arrested on Sunday.

“He asked to have me as his lawyer. I’ve met him and we’ve had a long set of negotiations. Now I’m waiting for the police to interrogate my client,” Silbersky told TT.

According to Silbersky, his client is a Swedish citizen and he denies any involvement in the helicopter robbery.

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According to the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper, Silbersky’s client is one of 552 people registered with the Swedish Transport Agency (Transportstyrelsen) as having a licence to operate a helicopter and is s resident of the Roslagen region north of Stockholm.

The helicopter which was used in the heist was stolen from a Roslagens helikopterflyg AB, a helicopter training company based in the region. One of the owners of the company said that the theft would have required familiarity with the area.

In August of this year, the 34-year-old suspect was convicted by the Stockholm District Court for a number of drug-related crimes. He confessed and was fined the equivalent of 110 days’ pay.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

01:27 September 28, 2009 by maxbrando
You are all idiots!
02:19 September 28, 2009 by JonnyDee
I swear the weirdest, most outrageous bank heists and art thefts happen in Sweden! Can anyone explain why?
05:51 September 28, 2009 by waspy
Can anyone confirm if the information on the arrests described in this blog is real?


It sounds too much like a plot to a Hollywood film.

(link obtained from a poster at Gates Of Vienna)
08:32 September 28, 2009 by sebseb
A great bank robbery is when the robbers don't get caught. If they get caught, it's a failed robbery and a boring news.
13:25 September 28, 2009 by eZee.se
Even if the dudes are caught, i hope they never recover the money back... so when these dudes serve their time (since its sweden, less than 10 years... unless they were filesharing from the helicopter :P ) they are going to have a nice retirement fund.

On the other hand, they made fools of the cops... so they may get a slightly longer sentence.
21:14 September 28, 2009 by Random Guy
the only reason why they are arrested is:

Serbian secret agency and police sent to Sweden information about planned robbery. Even Swedish had information, they didn't succeed to stop it, to catch them when they do it. Of course, Serbian authorities do it because they got big money from west europe like donations and credits and part of that money finish in pockets of politicians. So, politicians are also mafia, they steal money, but they will never finish in prison, they do it in hidden way and they have immunity.
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