Helicopter heist suspect confesses to theft
TT/The Local · 9 Aug 2010, 12:00
Published: 09 Aug 2010 12:00 GMT+02:00
The man surprised prosecutors by confessing that he was part of last September’s spectacular robbery, in which a helicopter was used to remove cash from the depot in Västberga, a suburb in the west of Stockholm.
“But he is only admitting aggravated theft,” the man’s lawyer Peter Lindqvist said.
“According to the plan presented to him, no people would be present in the depot, and it would consequently not be a question of burglary.”
Footage from the depot’s security cameras shows the man wearing white shoes and carrying an automatic shotgun. The 31-year-old insists that the gun was not usable, and he only carried it as a way of delaying the police, who could see live footage from inside the depot.
The 31-year-old also admits to smashing the building’s glass roof.
The man claims he took part in the robbery to pay off a debt. He claimed not to know the two accomplices who were with him in the depot. He also claimed not to recognize the pilot as the man now sitting next to him in the courtroom.
Peter Lindqvist said his client does not want to reveal who recruited him to the robbery. He claims to have been brought in at a late stage, to replace someone else.
“My client did not see any people on the premises. He was distressed to find out that there were people in there and is upset that they are feeling bad,” Lindqvist said.
The man’s blood was found in the depot on several tools used in the robbery.
The penalty for aggravated theft is lower than that for aggravated robbery.
Until now, all those charged with the crime have pleaded not guilty.