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Thieves Trick Moving Company, Steal Valuable Container

By Ragnar Tómas

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Photo: Golli (eastward bound traffic from Reykjavík).

A container belonging to a Reykjavík plumbing company was stolen after thieves deceived a moving company into transporting it from private property. The owner of the company told Vísir that he intends to sue the movers.

“Didn’t meet a soul”

Almar Gunnarsson – a master plumber and one of the owners of the company Landslagnir – kept his work tools in a forty-foot container on Landslagnir’s private lot at Fiskislóð, Reykjavík. When he arrived at his property yesterday, however, he discovered the container had vanished.

Almar later learned that the moving service ET had received a request from an unspecified individual to move the container to a storage area at Hólmsheiði, just east of Reykjavík. Almar subsequently drove to the site, where he found that the container was empty.

In an interview with Vísir yesterday, Almar stated that the container held goods valued at ISK 10 to 14 million ISK [ca. $85,000/€81,000]: “The thieves simply called ET Movers from some burner phone and requested the container be moved. ET arrived at the lot, took the container, transported it, and didn’t meet a soul. The container was then emptied,” Almar told Vísir.

Almar contacted ET Movers, where he was informed that the individual who had contacted them regarding the container had requested that an invoice be sent to a construction company located in Akureyri. The company in question has no knowledge of requesting the service.

“Easier than ordering a pizza”

“I have spoken with my insurance company, and they are looking into it,” Almar told Vísir. “I’ve also consulted with lawyers who believe that ET is responsible since they moved the container at the thieves’ request.”

“ET doesn’t seem to care,” Almar continued. “I called them, and they told me to speak to a lawyer.”

As noted by Vísir, Almar found it simultaneously bewildering and comical that moving a container from one place to another is easier than ordering a pizza. The CEO of ET Movers declined to comment on the matter when contacted by Vísir yesterday.

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