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Blue Banknotes from Kópavogur Robbery Reportedly in Circulation

By Ragnar Tómas

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Photo: Golli. A police vehicle in downtown Reykjavík.

There are suspicions that attempts have been made to introduce blue-coloured banknotes into circulation. The banknotes originate from a robbery of a security van, which took place in Kópavogur five weeks ago.

A meticulously planned robbery

In late March, two individuals seized cases from a security vehicle transporting money in Kópavogur in the capital area. Employees of Öryggismiðstöðin, a security firm, were in the process of emptying slot machines at the Catalina restaurant in the Hamraborg area of Kópavogur.

In what appears to have been a meticulously planned robbery, the perpetrators swiftly manoeuvred a Toyota Yaris at high speed towards the Öryggismiðstöðin vehicle. Through breaking a window, they managed to snatch two cases filled with money and flee the scene. The entire incident transpired in a matter of seconds. According to the Reykjavík Metropolitan Police, the amount stolen was estimated at ISK 10-20 million [$73,000-145,000 / €67,000-134,000].

One of the cases was subsequently found empty in an open field in Mosfellsbær, with indications that a dye pack had exploded in the bag. As a result, the banknotes from that bag should be blue. As noted by Vísir, the recovered banknotes are in denominations starting from ISK 500.

Indications that the money is in circulation

Aside from finding one of the cases, the police seemed to have made little headway in their investigation. On April 19, detective Aðalsteinn Örn Aðalsteinsson appealed to the public to notify the police if they observed any of the banknotes from the robbery in circulation: “We are talking about blue-coloured banknotes. We encourage the public to inform the police if they spot such banknotes in circulation,” Aðalsteinn told Vísir on April 19.

According to an article in Vísir today, the police have received indications that some of the blue-coloured banknotes are now in circulation, at locations operating gaming machines, among other places. Aðalsteinn Örn observed that the investigation of the case remained at a very sensitive stage: “The police are not giving any statements at this time. We cannot comment on this matter as the situation stands now,” Aðalsteinn Örn told Vísir.

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