From Iceland — Bank Robbers Convicted, Sentenced

Bank Robbers Convicted, Sentenced

Published June 3, 2016

Andie Sophia Fontaine
Photo by
Art Bicnick

Two young men who staged a daring daylight bank robbery last December have received their sentences.

Vísir reports that the Supreme Court has confirmed the sentence, first handed down by Reykjavík District Court, of three years in prison for both men.

Both of the convicted are just over 20 years old, and stole a total of 700,000 ISK. While both initially fled from police shortly after the robbery, they turned themselves in the same day.

As reported, the two were seen fleeing the scene of the crime on December 30, and their vehicle was spotted near Perlan. Helicopters were deployed to search for the two by air, but it was not until one of the suspects turned themselves in that a break in the case was made.

As the nature of their crime involved the threat of violence, the two will in all likelihood be going to prison. By contrast, the Kaupthing bankers – who stole significantly larger sums of money than these two young men – were recently moved to a halfway house, which gives them the freedom of movement to leave the premises by day.

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