Subway robbery suspect remanded in custody
A man arrested for two high-profile thefts in the Stockholm subway is being investigated for 50 other thefts on public transport, reports tabloid Expressen. The 28-year-old was remanded in custody at Södertörn District Court today on suspicion of two counts of aggravated theft.
In the last of two cases, the suspect is alleged to have jumped on the subway track and emptied the pockets of an unconscious man. The thief left his victim, who was later run over by a train sustaining serious injuries. Platform CCTV footage from the incident made national headlines.
During questioning, the man confessed to stealing valuables from two people.
At Södertörn District Court, the 28-year-old said that he came to Sweden in August as an asylum seeker and was ill.
"I have a problem with my legs," he told the court. He said he needed money for food and treatment for his legs.
News agency TT reports that the suspect was remanded in custody on the grounds that there was a risk that he would flee the country or commit another crime.