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One arrest in violent attempted bank heists

Published fredag 12 juli 2013 kl 17.23
Police arrested a 25-year-old in connection with an attempted double bank robbery. Photos: Swedish Radio

A 25-year-old man was arrested after attempting to rob two separate branches of the Handelsbanken bank in the affluent Östermalm district of Stockholm.

The police caught the man while on their way to the scene of the first robbery, where he had shot through a window with a sawn-off shotgun in an attempt to enter the bank.

Initially witnesses said they had heard one or several blasts at the bank.

"I heard two shots, fired with some time apart," Jacob Bäverstam, who works at a restaurant opposite the bank, told news agency TT.

The same escape car, which had been stolen early Friday morning, was used in both the attempted robberies, according to the police.

Witnesses said they had seen gray Volvo with one or several passengers leave the scene of the crime. According to the police, the car had fake number plates. It was later seen near the second bank, which the robber managed to enter.

The arrested 25-year-old is the only suspect in both attempted heists, which are being treated as aggravated robberies. However, the police have not ruled out the potential involvement of other culprits.

No one was hurt during the dramatic morning shooting, the attempted robbery at the second location or during the police operations.

However, ambulance staff treated several people for shock.

During the arrest, police also found the stolen car which was full of petrol cans. They also confiscated the man's shotgun.

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