Thieves crash loader into store in Stockholm raid

Thieves crash loader into store in Stockholm raid
Thieves crashed a loader through the walls of a Swedish electronics store. Photo: Maja Suslin/TT
Swedish police are investigating after thieves carried out an advanced smash and grab heist on an electronics store in Stockholm on Friday morning.

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Several items were stolen when the brazen burglars crashed a large wheel loader through the wall at one of the shops of electronics chain Elgiganten in the Bromma area of the Swedish capital in the early hours of Friday.

“It is undeniably somewhat advanced,” Fredrik Andersson of the Stockholm police told news wire TT.

“We assume that they have managed to take quite a few items. We have started an investigation into aggravated theft. They had also thrown tyre deflation spikes on nearby roads and crossings,” he said.

“We will close off the area and start a forensic investigation. The loader will remain here as it can also be suspected of being stolen.”

His colleague Albin Näverberg told newspaper Svenska Dagbladet that they were awaiting witnesses to come forward.

“It's unlikely it would have passed by unnoticed, so we'll see if somebody has seen anybody spread out traffic spikes or similar,” he said.

A witness speaking to Swedish tabloid said that he had seen traffic spikes on the thieves' suspected escape route and a hole in the wall of the store.

“They've used a dumper for this. It wasn't exactly carried out by kids,” he said.

It is not the first time a Swedish store gets broken into in a spectacular raid. The most famous one in recent years, however, remains the Hollywood-style helicopter heist of a cash depot south of Stockholm in 2009.

The suspects were then dropped from a helicopter on to the roof of the building and allegedly made off with over 39 million kronor ($5.3 million) after storming the banknote storage facility. Several of the robbers were later found guilty by a Swedish court, but only a small fraction of the amount – less than 100,000 kronor – was ever recovered.