Helicopter suspect held on Caribbean island

A 30-year-old Swedish man suspected of having a role in the brazen helicopter-aided robbery of a Stockholm cash depot has been arrested in the Dominican Republic.

Helicopter suspect held on Caribbean island

On Wednesday, Swedish media reported the arrest overseas of a man with a ‘secret identity’ for whom an arrest warrant had been issued.

But prosecutor Leif Görts, who is leading efforts to bring charges against those responsible for the robbery of the G4S cash depot in Västberga south of Stockholm, refused to divulge any more details about the man or his arrest.

“He has been detained in another country and will now be repatriated here,” Görts told the TT news agency.

But Spanish media reported on Thursday that the man was a 30-year-old Swede who was arrested in a northern province of the Dominican Republic, along with another wanted Swede.

The arrests were carried out by the Dominican anti-drug and migration police.

According to the Spanish daily El Pais, both men will be repatriated to Sweden shortly.

The Södertörn District Court on Wednesday issued a remand order for the man under a secret identity. A remand order is a prerequisite for issuing an international arrest warrant.

The man is the eleventh person suspected of having a role in the spectacular heist who is not behind lock and key.

The robbery took place in the early hours of September 23rd. After first stealing a helicopter, the thieves then landed it on the roof of the cash depot, which they entered by smashing through a skylight.

A short time later, the robbers climbed back in the helicopter with an undisclosed amount of cash. The helicopter was later found abandoned near a wooded area north of Stockholm.

The other ten suspects, all between the ages of 23 and 38, were detained during the autumn and all but one is a Swedish citizen.

Some are been convicted of serious crimes, while others have never been found guilty of committing any offence.

The prosecutor said he hopes to be able to present a formal indictment at the start of the summer.

According to El Pais, the man suspected in the helicopter heist had previously been convicted of aggravated robbery for his involvement in the 2000 robbery of Sweden’s National Museum in which three expensive paintings were stolen.

Görts on Thursday refused to comment on the Spanish media reports, saying only that the man suspected in the helicopter robbery is expected to arrive in Sweden soon.

“Then we’ll hold another remand hearing straight away,” he told TT.

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What’s on: February 26th – March 5th

An exclusive pop-up concert is heading to Stockholm this week – and one lucky The Local reader could snag two tickets. But if that's not your cup of tea, how about Sweden's biggest documentary festival, a series of heavy metal gigs in the far north or one of the world's most popular horse shows?

What's on: February 26th - March 5th
Sofar is hosting a secret gig in Sweden this weekend. Photo: Sofar

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In the mood for a spontaneous pop-up gig in the capital this weekend? The Local's readers are in with a chance to win two tickets to this once-in-a-lifetime event.

Sofar Sounds organizes secret concerts all over the world in non-disclosed locations and often in people's homes. While still fairly new in Stockholm, their pop-up gigs have gained a loyal following in London, Tokyo and New York. Hozier, Thomas Stenström and Beatrice Eli are examples of former acts at the event.

The live music gig is set to take place on February 28th from 6.30pm-9pm. Where? That's still a surprise, but it's rumoured to be close to Odenplan.

And as a special offer run in conjunction with events company Spontano, one lucky The Local reader will win two tickets to this highly exclusive event. All you have to do is enter the code “TheLocalSofar” in the rewards section of Spontano's iOS or Android app. Everyone who enters will be granted 50 kronor credit to use for any upcoming event booked via Spontano. The lucky winner will be notified via email on Friday night.

Read The Local's interview with Sofar's Swedish founder

If you want to get inspired this week, make a note in your diary of Sweden's biggest documentary festival, Tempo, which is set to take place from 2nd to 8th March.

A massive 120 creative documentaries from all over the world will be showing at various locations around Södermalm and Kärrtorp in Stockholm, during seven days jam packed with seminars, photo, exhibitions, competitions, cocktails and parties. And to make it even better, all of the international films will be shown in either English or with English subtitles, and so will most of the Swedish films.

'The Mahoyo Project: South Africa' by Moira Ganley, shown at Tempo Festival. Photo: Tempo

The 2015 Gothenburg Horse Show takes place over five days this weekend, from 25th February to 1st March. A plethora of disciplines and shows are on offer at this annual competition that attracts fans and competitors from all over the world. Since it first started in the spring of 1977, 2.5 million visitors have seen the great stars competing in dressage as well as showjumping in this beautiful city in western Sweden.

Heavy metal fans could do well to make their way north for the House of Metal festival in Umeå. The two-day indoor festival (because it's still cold in Umeå this time of the year) will be held from the February 27th to 28th at Umeå Folkets Hus and will feature bands with names like “Revolverdog”, “Rotten Sound”, “Helldorado” and “Apocalypse Orchestra”. Tickets are between 270 kronor and 666 kronor and there's a minimum age of 13.

Finally, our pick of this week's exhibitions is in Malmö, where the southern Swedish city's almost 50,000 foreign-born women are being celebrated. The exhibition entitled 'Women making history' maps out 100 years of the lives of women who have come to Malmö from all corners of the world.

Click on our interactive calendar below for more things to see and do this week.


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