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Robbers use helicopter in daring theft

MASKED gunmen used a stolen helicopter and explosives to engineer a spectacular raid yesterday on a cash depot in Stockholm, Sweden, breaking into the building through the roof and flying off with bags of cash, police and officials said.

The daring pre-dawn heist stunned police in the Swedish capital, who were unable to deploy their own helicopters due to suspected explosives placed at their hangar.

The security company that owns the facility, G4S PLC, said the thieves had made off with "an unconfirmed sum of money" and added it would offer a large reward for information leading to their arrest and the return of the loot. The reward amount was not given.

One person was detained later yesterday in a Stockholm suburb in connection with the robbery, but wasn't officially declared a suspect, police spokesman Christian Agdur said.

Shortly after 5am, the helicopter swooped down toward the cash depot and hovered over the building as the robbers hoisted themselves onto the roof in what police said was a carefully planned operation.

"What we know is that they forced down some kind of wall to get in," Agdur said. "We don't want to comment on how they did it."

There were 21 staff members inside the building during the heist, but no one was injured, police said.

Investigators said the robbers wore masks and were believed to have carried automatic weapons and used explosives during the 20-minute raid.


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