Helicopter heist netted 39 million kronor: report

The spectacular helicopter heist in Västberga in southern Stockholm last autumn netted some 39 million kronor ($5.4 million), according to a police source.

Helicopter heist netted 39 million kronor: report

There had been speculation of an even greater sum of money, with 70 million kronor named, but investigators have ruled out the sum which was based on the offer of a reward from security firm G4S of 7 million kronor – 10 percent being the accepted reward sum.

The prosecutor in the case has confirmed to news agency TT that the robbers were forced to leave large amounts of cash behind as they were short on time and their helicopter was only able to carry the smaller amount.

Prosecutor Leif Görts, one of two working on the case, was unwilling to confirm the reports of the amount of cash seized.

“It could harm the investigation,” Görts told TT.

A further man has been arrested in connection with involvement in the audacious heist in September 2009. The 36-year-old is suspected of aiding and abetting an aggravated robbery and aggravated money-laundering.

According to the Aftonbladet daily, the man had responsibility for processing some of the money seized. He denies the offence.

A further nine people are in custody on suspicion of involvement in the robbery.

The Västberga cash depot was hit in the early hours of Wednesday September 23rd when several powerful explosions were heard.

A helicopter landed on the roof of the depot, managed by the G4S security firm, and men entered the building to seize a large quantity of cash. The robbers then made their escape in the helicopter with the police looking on.

Police helicopters had meanwhile been grounded due to a bomb scare – the gang had left a bag with the word BOMB inscribed on the side at the helicopter station on Värmdö in eastern Stockholm.

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Cows deployed in mosquito plague fight

Gävleborg County Council in northern Sweden has announced that it has recruited 200 cows to graze land where mosquitoes lay their eggs in a bid to deal with the problem which afflicts residents of the Dalälv region every summer.

Cows deployed in mosquito plague fight

“We have studied how mosquito larvae are affected by mowing and grazing and found that there were fewer mosquito larvae there,” said Ingemar Lindquist at the county council to the local Gefle Dagbladet daily.

Long-suffering residents will have to wait until next year for the latest elixir, which according to one researcher will chew away some 70 percent of the mosquito larvae.

Efforts are taken every year to stem the development of mosquitoes in the lush Dalälven region. Last year the government authorized the bombing of the whole area with pesticide by helicopter.

The use of pesticide has serious environmental consequences however and the bovine solution is the latest in attempts to find more creative approaches to the blood-sucking insect plague.

There is furthermore the risk that if pesticides are deployed too often then the insects will develop a resistance and residents will forever be at their mercy.

To illustrate the problem, when mosquito traps are set in the peak summer period as many as 5,000 insects can be caught in one night alone.

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