Three men and two women, who are all in their twenties, were arrested by local police authorities in Hvolsvöllur, south Iceland, on Monday night, suspected of being responsible for a wave of break-ins in the town.
Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
Alongside the arrests, three houses were searched and, according to police, most of the loot has been reclaimed, mbl.is reports.
Chief Constable in Hvolsvöllur Sveinn K. Rúnarsson said this case has been under investigation for some time and then the break-ins were traced back to the group of five.
They are all local residents and in the past weeks they are believed to have broken into a number of homes and shops and stolen various valuables, in addition to a significant amount of alcohol and tobacco from a kiosk last weekend.
In the police action, approximately 100 liters of gambri, a fluid used to make homebrew, was confiscated and traces of drugs were also found during the house searches. No one else is believed to be involved in these cases.
Monday’s police action is rather extensive for a small community like Hvolsvöllur, which has around 800 inhabitants, but Rúnarsson said everything had gone according to plan.
“It was a job well done by everyone who participated in the action and I am very satisfied with my people,” Rúnarsson said. Police in Hvolsvöllur were also assisted by Selfoss police forces and a police dog from the Litla-Hraun prison.