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Suspects in Gambling Heist at Large

By Steindor Gretar Jonsson

Photo: Police.

In what appears to have been a thoroughly planned heist, two people grabbed bags from a car transporting money in Kópavogur last night.

Staff from Öryggismiðstöðin, a security company, were emptying slot machines at the restaurant Catalina in the Hamraborg area of Kópavogur between 9 and 10 PM last night. The perpetrators backed a Toyota Yaris at a considerable speed into the Öryggismiðstöðin car. By breaking a window, they were able to grab two cases full of money and abscond. The incident was over in seconds, Vísir reports.

University gambling earnings

When staff returned from Catalina minutes later they realised what had happened. The slot machines are operated by Vídeómarkaðurinn, a subcontractor of HHÍ, a gambling operation whose proceeds fund the University of Iceland. They’re emptied once or twice a week and can therefore contain considerable amounts. In this case, according to the Reykjavík Metropolitan Police, the amount could be between ISK 10-20 million [$73-145 thousand, €67-134 thousand].

Toyota Yaris and witnesses sought

Police is now looking for the Toyota Yaris, which had two different license plates attached, supposedly stolen from other cars. No money was taken from the restaurant and none of the proprietors of local businesses were witness to the crime.

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