Stockholm car chase follows axe robbery

Stockholm police were in hot pursuit of three men armed with an axe and a pistol who attempted to rob a money transport vehicle outside a galleria in the chic Stockholm district of Östermalm around lunchtime on Monday.

Stockholm car chase follows axe robbery

“We still don’t know if they managed to get something from the vehicle or not. No one was hurt,” said Catharina Järping of the Stockholm police to news agency TT.

The robbers attacked the vehicle around 11.20am on Monday, threatening the guard with both an axe and a pistol after he had parked the van near Swedbank.

The robbers then made their getaway in a Volvo. The vehicle was dumped nearby and the robbers changed cars a few streets away, where a third person waiting in a Mercedes picked them up.

Despite the car change, the perpetrators were discovered again by the pursuing police a bit further out of the city centre.

“They spotted the vehicle and bumped into it to try to stop the car,” Järping told TT.

But somehow the robbers still managed to escape the officers and dumped the smashed up car in the Stockholm suburb of Örnsberg, reported daily Aftonbaldet.

From there on, the police have no traces of the gang, despite searching the area by helicopter.

A large scale police search of the area was launched, with some 30 patrol cars involved in the action.

According to police they are grateful for any information that the public might have about the incident, and they are currently talking to witnesses to the event.

TT/Rebecca Martin

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Teen girls tied to crime with pre-robbery selfie

Two teenage girls suspected of robbing a restaurant have been tied to the crime after police seized images from their phones showing the pair posing before a mirror wearing balaclavas and holding a knife.

Teen girls tied to crime with pre-robbery selfie

The two girls, who are cousins, are suspected of robbing a hamburger store in Halmstad, southern Sweden, in late March. During the robbery, the thieves had a large kitchen knife that they used to threaten the staff at the restaurant.

“Give me the money otherwise I’ll stab you,” they said, according to the restaurant chef account of the robbery, wrote the Aftonbladet newspaper.

“Calm down, I’ll open the till,” he responded.

The pair managed to get away with 2,420 kronor ($370), but were traced by police sniffer dogs back to their grandparents’ apartment, outside which a bag was found with the knife and balaclavas. The girls were arrested on the scene.

During the arrest, officers confiscated a phone on which they found pictures of the duo before the robbery wearing the balaclavas and holding the knife.

While the younger of the two girls is too young to be charged, her 17-year-old accomplice will stand trial on August 2nd. The seized pictures will be used as evidence against the teen, as will DNA traces taken from her balaclava.

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