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Accused deny helicopter heist as trial opens

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Accused deny helicopter heist as trial opens
10:00 CEST+02:00
The ten men suspected of involvement in a spectacular cash depot heist have denied all charges as their high-profile trial opened amid huge media and public interest in Stockholm on Monday.

Five of the men are suspected of aggravated robbery, while the five others face charges of abetting aggravated robbery in the dramatic September 23rd raid that saw the perpetrators enter the depot through the roof and escape in a helicopter.

Prosecutor Leif Görts opened proceedings in Stockholm District Court with a presentation of the charges a review of the audacious robbery.

The stolen helicopter landed on the roof of the G4S security firm depot in Västberga in south Stockholm. Three armed men smashed their way into the building through the atrium window on the roof.

The robbers then deployed explosives to blast open a series of doors and make their way in to the depot's cash reserves.

After 20 to 25 minutes, the men loaded up the helicopter and disappeared. The first of the men and a section of the loot were deposited in the Draget district in the Norsborg suburb, before a second drop-off was made at Kaananbadet beach in the Bromma area. The abandoned helicopter was later found in Skavlöten to the north of Stockholm.

Only 56,000 kronor ($7,793) of the 39 million kronor stolen by the thieves has since been recovered. The trial of the suspects, aged 23 to 38, is scheduled to run for eighteen days.

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