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Group of repeat offenders on trial

A group of ten people, between 15 to 26 years old, has been on trial in Reykjavík District Court since the end of March. The individuals have been charged with a total of 70 separate offenses.

The group allegedly committed various crimes between July 2006 and January 2007, as Fréttabladid reports.

The charges concern breaking and entering, fraud, drug abuse, damaging property and car thefts. Three males, who are involved in most charges, are part of a so-called Árnes Gang.

Each of the gang members was given a prison sentence in February from six to 18 months for other crimes they had committed.

A fourth male was also involved in most of the 70 charges. He was first arrested in November for trying to steal an ATM and again between Christmas and New Year’s with 25 portions of LSD.

In the end of January he, along with a female and one of the gang members, allegedly started a crime wave which stretched from the capital region to Akureyri in northeast Iceland.

The group allegedly committed several crimes, including setting a summer house on fire, which was destroyed. They were arrested in Akureyri, but managed to break out of prison.

Helgi Gunnlaugsson, a profession in sociology, told Fréttabladid the group has been unusually active in a short period of time.

“There is probably a certain core group where crime is part of their lifestyle. This is simply what they do,” Gunnlaugsson said.

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