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The E-Sylum: Volume 13, Number 30, July 25, 2010, Article 27

DARING SWEDISH CHOPPER HEIST NETS $5 MILLION

It's not exactly a numismatic topic, but ya gotta admire the moxie of bank robbers who think big. I don't think we covered this story at the time, but here's an update published earlier this week. -Editor

A Swedish court said Monday 10 men have been charged in connection with a dramatic helicopter raid on a cash storage depot south of Stockholm last September.

Only a small fraction of the amount, about 100,000 kronor (10,400, 13,600 dollars), has been recovered.

Three masked, armed men were dropped onto the roof of the banknote storage facility by a helicopter in the early hours of last September 23.

The men then smashed a window and blasted their way through the building using explosives before exiting the building several minutes later with sacks of cash.

The robbers carried out the raid in front of police and 21 workers present in the centre.

The police were hindered because a bag marked with the word "bomb" had been previously placed at the police helicopter base.

The thieves' helicopter, which was stolen shortly before the raid, was recovered undamaged several hours later north of Stockholm.

To read the complete article, see: Ten men charged in spectacular chopper robbery (www.swedishwire.com/component/content/article/
3:general/5447:ten-men-charged-in-spectacular-chopper-robbery)

Wayne Homren, Editor

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