Masked robbers target Stockholm auction house
TT/Rebecca Martin · 20 May 2011, 15:18
Published: 20 May 2011 15:18 GMT+02:00
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“It was frightening. He shouted ‘I am going to shoot you. I am going to shoot you in the head’, “ one witness told news agency TT.
At the time of the robbery around fifty customers were on the premises, mostly elderly. When the robbers entered they yelled at them to drop to the ground.
“I heard agitated voices and then a guy comes running in and grabs hold of a guard and shouts ‘take me to the gold’ and points a gun at him,” said the witness to TT.
All witnesses agree that it was chaotic and that the robbers seemed highly agitated.
“They smashed the display cases and grabbed as much as they could carry,” a witness told daily Aftonbladet.
When the robbers left, the doors were barred automatically and the police subsequently let the shaken customers out the back way once they arrived on the scene.
No one was injured in the attack and according to Stockholm police it is not certain how much the robbers took.
“They were acting so clumsily that they didn’t get that much. The alarm went off more or less instantaneously, so that probably stressed them out,“ a witness told Aftonbladet.
According to the head of information at Stockholms Auktionsverk, Anna Hamilton, the robbers didn’t succeed in stealing anything really valuable.
“Nothing very costly was taken. But it was a shock to us all,“ Hamilton told daily Expressen.
Stockholm Auktionsverk is currently exhibiting a large amount of silver artefacts and jewellery, as well as paintings by scandinavian artists Anders Zorn, Bruno Liljefors, Carl Fredrik Hill and Carl Larsson ahead of the spring’s classical auction.
The police are now looking for the two individuals who fled the scene in a red car, which was later found abandoned not far from the auction house.
The surrounding area was cordoned off while explosive experts investigated a bag left by the robbers in front of the entrance to the house. According to police it’ only contained junk’.
Friday's heist is the last in a series of robberies that have shaken Sweden, with a gold wholesaler in Stockholm robbed last week, a jewellers in Uppsala on Thursday, and a bank in Flen in eastern Sweden targeted the day before.