Masked Robbers Use Helicopter To Rob Cash Depot In Stockholm
Robbers with machine guns and explosives used a stolen helicopter to break into a dash depot in Stockholm, Sweden on Wednesday morning.
The robbers stole a BELL 206B helicopter, landed it on the roof of G4S Cash, and blasted their way into the building. They then loaded bags of cash into the helicopter and flew away. The cash depot is used to refill ATMs in Stockholm. The police do not want to disclose how much cash was stolen, but according to Svensk Handel, a Swedish business organisation, the robbery may cause a shortage of cash in Stockholm's ATMs.
A Swedish police officer who wanted to stay anonymous told Swedish news agency TT that he suspects the robbery was an insider job. Police are also saying the helicopter pilot was likely a professional pilot. Police were told not to fire at the helicopter, and could not follow it in police helicopters, as the robbers had placed a bag with suspected explosives in the police hangar. The explosives are currently being examined.
The abandoned helicopter was found in Rönninge, north of Stockholm. One person has been arrested in connection to the robbery.
Investigators said the robbers wore masks and were believed to have carried automatic weapons and used explosives during the 20-minute raid. Witnesses reported hearing loud bangs during the heist.
"A substantial reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible and recovery of the stolen money," Alison Flynn, media relations manager for G4S, told CNN.