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armed robbery

Helicopter robbers face longer prison sentences

Updated onsdag 16 februari 2011 kl 14.18
Published onsdag 16 februari 2011 kl 12.32
Police search the helicopter used in the robbery. Photo: Janerik Henriksson/SCANPIX

An appeals court decided Wednesday to extend the prison sentences handed down to some of the men involved in the high profile 2009 "helicopter robbery" of a money depot on the outskirts of Stockholm.

The appeals court upheld the convictions of the helicopter pilot and four of the other robbers and gave them tougher prison sentences, up to eight years behind bars, for their involvement in the spectacular robbery which hit headlines around the world in September 2009. One man suspected of complicity but freed by a local court was also freed by the appeals court.

A stolen helicopter was flown on top of a money depot in the heist, the armed robbers then broke through the glass roof and stole millions of dollars. The suspects had previously sabotaged police helicopter pads, so the police could not give chase in the air. The loot has still not been recovered.

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