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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.

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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.

TT/Rebecca Martin (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

20:15 May 20, 2011 by Plowbridge
The robbers may be stupid, they may be amateurs, they may leave evidence but the Swedish police still won't catch them . They never do.
21:16 May 20, 2011 by Mzungu
....and probably stole goods, that had already been stolen!

*so why worry*
21:33 May 20, 2011 by Infart
Well, if a description of the robbers was released then maybe the police would be able to get some help from the public. I guess being PC is more important though.
21:47 May 20, 2011 by technoviking
This is a winning business model.

All upside, no risk since the police are terrified of the criminals.

@ infart

Exactly. With 50 witnesses a composite drawing could be made and in a country of 8 million watching the same news, they'd be caught in a day.

But that of course would offend culturally sensitivities, which is of course more important than maintaining law and order as we know.
01:23 May 21, 2011 by blursd
Sounds like things are just going swimmingly in Sweden ... You can continue to be PC until your country goes all the way down the toilet. 50 Witnesses and absolutely ZERO information as to the defining characertistics of the robbers in the story ... just effin' genius.
08:27 May 21, 2011 by polo bags
yeah, good cheap bikini
12:35 May 21, 2011 by J. L. Belmar
The witnesses were part of the robbery. That is the reason they do not know anything about it.
12:40 May 21, 2011 by SimonDMontfort
@ Mzungu - Lol!!

@ technoviking & blursd : Okay, 50 witnesses but you forget the Swedish penchant for making absolutely no eye contact in public (scary sometimes) - maybe if someone had made eye contact they would have noticed what type of animal suit was worn by the robbers..? (connection with the recent incident in Gothenburg perhaps...)
14:55 May 21, 2011 by Borilla
These robberies are nothing more than another aspect of Sweden's foreign aid program. Check the Balkans for the result. The robbers may be clumsy amateurs but then the Swedish police can't catch them so what does that make the police?
16:06 May 21, 2011 by Puddi
This is one of those typical situations where it's always so easy to say that you would've reacted differently. Honestly, most people - especially those living in Sweden, a country considered to be one of the safest worldwide - have never seen a gun or even severe violence in their life.

Don't believe all the Hollywood movies, guys. MOST robbers are amateurs, and most witnesses will not attempt to be a hero or even attempt to memorize every little detail of the robbers. But yeah, I do agree with the Swedish police being too lax on this matter.
18:50 May 21, 2011 by Muff
Apparently many here don't know that in Sweden, like most of the world, robbery has always exited.
12:08 May 23, 2011 by technoviking
@ Muff

Brilliant. And in the Ukraine before Chernobyl, cancer existed. Just less of it.

Your point?
13:06 May 23, 2011 by Rick Methven
So fartbreath & technoviking are such good detectives that they already know from the description of "two masked men" that the perpetrators are not Swedes.

Must be because:

1. Swedes never commit ANY crimes


2. Swedes would not bother with masks and would easily have been identified by their blond hair an blue eyes.

Your powers of deduction would make even Sherlock Holmes amazed!
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