Helicopter heist hits global top ten list

September's helicopter cash depot heist in Stockholm qualifies as one of the ten most spectacular heists of all time, according to a new list published by Time magazine.

Helicopter heist hits global top ten list

The website of the high circulation US weekly likens the audacious chopper-borne smash and grab to a scene from Mission Impossible.

“Just before sunrise on Sept. 23, the burglars arrived on the rooftop of the GS4 cash depot, smashed the glass roof, detonated their way to the building’s vault, and hoisted themselves — and the bags of money they made off with — back up to the helicopter,” writes Time.

The magazine also notes that the robbers were brazen enough to create a decoy using a bag labeled with the word ‘BOMB’.

The Västberga cash depot heist comes in at number ten on Time’s list, which is topped by the theft of the Mona Lisa in 1911 (see below for full list).

Professor of criminology Leif G W Persson does not think the helicopter heist merits its place among history’s most spectacular.

“It’s certainly quite unique for Scandinavia with all the logistics involved and everything. But no, I don’t think so,” he told newspaper Aftonbladet.

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Teen girls tied to crime with pre-robbery selfie

Two teenage girls suspected of robbing a restaurant have been tied to the crime after police seized images from their phones showing the pair posing before a mirror wearing balaclavas and holding a knife.

Teen girls tied to crime with pre-robbery selfie

The two girls, who are cousins, are suspected of robbing a hamburger store in Halmstad, southern Sweden, in late March. During the robbery, the thieves had a large kitchen knife that they used to threaten the staff at the restaurant.

“Give me the money otherwise I’ll stab you,” they said, according to the restaurant chef account of the robbery, wrote the Aftonbladet newspaper.

“Calm down, I’ll open the till,” he responded.

The pair managed to get away with 2,420 kronor ($370), but were traced by police sniffer dogs back to their grandparents’ apartment, outside which a bag was found with the knife and balaclavas. The girls were arrested on the scene.

During the arrest, officers confiscated a phone on which they found pictures of the duo before the robbery wearing the balaclavas and holding the knife.

While the younger of the two girls is too young to be charged, her 17-year-old accomplice will stand trial on August 2nd. The seized pictures will be used as evidence against the teen, as will DNA traces taken from her balaclava.

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