One arrest in double bank heist attempt

Stockholm police have arrested a 25-year-old man suspected of playing part in two attempted bank robberies in the capital, with suspects seen fleeing the first scene in a grey Volvo that turned up at bank number two.

One arrest in double bank heist attempt

On Friday morning, Stockholm police cordoned off a street by Östermalmstorg square in central Stockholm, after a blast rocked a Handelsbanken office in the upscale neighbourhood.

The Local reporter Elodie Pradet said passers-by were inspecting the broken window of the bank at 8.30am, before the police arrived.

“People looked worried in a neighbourhood where nothing usually happens,” she said. An hour later, a police helicopter kept an eye from above as officers on the ground cordoned off a side street.

Witnesses said they saw a grey Volvo flee the scene, but testimonies differed on the number of people inside. The police said the car had fake number plates.

By noon, police could confirm that the drivers of the grey Volvo drove on to try and rob a second bank, this time located on the corner of Valhallavägen and Erik Dahlbergsgatan.

“The police are investigating the two robberies separately, but the Volvo seen by witnesses at the first bank is the same car that we came across at robbery number two,” police spokeswoman Towe Hägg told the press.

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Gothenburg apartment blast suspect found dead

Prosecutors have said that the man suspected as being behind a detonation in Gothenburg last week has been found dead on Wednesday after an apparent suicide.

Police by a Gothenburg pier
Police close to where the suspect's body was found in the water. Photo: Adam Ihse/TT

Named as Mark Lorentzon by Swedish media, the man was suspected of being behind the pre-dawn blast last Tuesday that injured 16 people at the building where he lived.

City workers pulled a body out of a central Gothenburg waterway early Wednesday that “was identified as that of the man sought by police and prosecutors… after the explosion in a building,” prosecutors said in a statement.

They added that suicide was the most plausible cause of death. The man was the subject of an international arrest warrant issued earlier this week.

The suspect, who had been due to be evicted from the building on the day of the explosion, had vanished without a trace.

The blast, which sparked a major fire, landed 16 people in hospital including four with serious injuries, and residents of 140 apartments were evacuated.