Police Have Watch Thief Suspect In Custody - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Police Have Watch Thief Suspect In Custody

Published October 27, 2011

Police have in custody a suspect they believe was involved in last week’s heist of expensive Rolex watches from a downtown store. Although the men who committed the actual robbery have already left the country, all the merchandise has been recovered and returned.
As reported, the watch store Michelsen was robbed in broad daylight last week, the suspects holding staff at gunpoint and robbing millions of crowns’ worth of watches. This sparked a manhunt across the country.
Yesterday, police held a press conference where they announced they had a suspect in custody. He had been staying at a guesthouse, and the stolen watches were found in a car believed to be his.
The police painted a picture of how they believe the robbery took place:
There were four men in the group, Polish nationals with no special connection to Iceland, arriving for the sole purpose of committing the heist. They planned their operation carefully for a week after arriving. On the day of the robbery, the three men who did the actual heist left the country the same day, leaving the stolen goods with the fourth man. His task was to get the watches out of the country.
Police say it was thanks to information given to the police by ordinary people that a suspect was caught and the merchandise recovered.
The watches have since been returned to Michelsen.

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