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Crime

Robbers In Daring Helicopter Raid

Published onsdag 23 september 2009 kl 09.08
Police at the site of the robbery. Photo: Pontus Lundahl/Scanpix.

Updated 12:48

Swedish police have found a helicopter used in a spectacular raid on a cash depot in a Stockholm suburb, but the robbers are still on the run.

Swedish media report that the robbers landed on the roof of the depot Wednesday morning, using explosives to get in, before escaping again though the air. Police helicopters were put out of use due to a suspicious bag being placed by the police's helicopter hangar.

The helicopter used in the daring theft, which was stolen overnight from a local airport, has now been found by police in a forested area north of Stockholm. The hunt for the robbers continues.

Business leaders are now fearing that there could be a lack of bank notes in circulation due to the raid on the cash depot.

Dick Malmlund from The Swedish Trade Federation told Swedish news agency TT that the depot handles much of the cash in the Stockholm region, and that the raid could mean that cash machines and shops in Sweden's largest city could run short.

He is also critical of how easy it was to disable the police helicopters, making an intervention more difficult.

"If shops are doing all they can to minimise theft, then it shouldn't be so easy to disable the police's resources. We know that the robbers usually throw out caltrops to puncture the tyres of police cars, so the helicopters really are essential if the police are to help us", he told TT.

Police say the helicopter pilot must have been extremely skilled, as the aircraft landed in the middle of a wooded area, with trees just metres away from the blades. They say that even a Swedish ambulance helicopter pilot would think twice about making such a landing.

Sweden has experienced a number of more daring, large scale robberies in recent years and Radio Sweden's Azariah Kiros asked Sven Granat, a crime analyst at BRÅ, the National Council for Crime Prevention, why such raids had escalated.

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