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Police in Iceland Arrest Gang of Thieves

The Capital Region Police arrested five men in the Árbaer district in Reykjavík yesterday in connection with their investigation of recent break-ins in Árbaer and Ártúnshöfdi.

The photo is not related to the story. By Páll Stefánsson.

According to eyewitness accounts, police officers barged into an apartment in the neighborhood and brought the suspects out in handcuffs, Fréttabladid reports.

The men, who are all Icelandic, were interrogated yesterday. They are aged between 20 and 30 and have all been in breach of the law before.

Superintendent Árni Thór Sigmundsson said three raids were undertaken yesterday and that the men have already been connected with three break-ins. The investigation continues.

“We have already found evidence; objects stolen during three break-ins. These are computer equipment, monitors and projectors,” Sigmundsson said, explaining that these objects were stolen from schools and companies; the thieves were obviously looking for something that is easy to sell.

When asked how many break-ins these men are suspected of having taken part in, Sigmundsson said the police are now investigating all unsolved break-ins in connection with the arrest. “We don’t know yet in how many of these cases they were involved.”

Sigmundsson said break-ins in the Árbaer and Ártúnshöfdi area increased significantly in August compared to previous months. The number of break-ins partly depends on who is on the loose at each given time. Efficient thieves can cause a lot of trouble in a short time.

“However, in the area east of the Ellidaár river break-ins have decreased significantly this year, compared to last year, and we hope that it will stay that way. Police encourage people to lock their houses securely and not leave any valuables visible in their cars,” Sigmundsson concluded.

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