Swedish court hikes helicopter heist penalties

Swedish court hikes helicopter heist penalties
Sweden's Svea Court of Appeal (Svea hovrätt) has announced that it has raised the penalties served on three of the key men behind the spectacular helicopter heist in Västberga in September 2009.

The pilot and a man who entered the G4S cash depot have had their penalties hiked from seven to eight years imprisonment after have their convictions for aggravated robbery confirmed.

The 39-year-old man thought to be the brains behind the planning of the spectacular caper and convicted by the district court of being an accomplice to the heist had his penalty increased from three to four years.

Two other men, aged 34 and 38-years-old, had their penalties confirmed at two years and one year respectively. The former was convicted for having rigged a fake traffic accident intended to give the helicopter an alibi and the latter for protecting a criminal.

A 24-year-old man accused of having placed the bags marked “bomb” at the police helicopter base in Myttinge was acquitted by the court.

Early on September 23rd 2009, three masked, armed men were dropped onto the

roof of the G4S banknote facility in southern Stockholm by a stolen helicopter.

The men then smashed a window and blasted their way through the building using explosives before exiting the building several minutes later with sacks of cash.

The suspects allegedly made off with over 39 million kronor ($5.3 million) and only a small fraction of the amount, less than 100,000 kronor, has since been recovered.

The abandoned helicopter was later found in Skavlöten to the north of Stockholm.

Altogether, seven of the ten men originally charged for their role in the heist were convicted.

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