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Watchmaker Bandits Believed to Have Left Iceland

The three men who are wanted by police for having robbed the watch and jewelry store Michelsen on Laugavegur in Reykjavík on Monday morning, threatening the watchmaker and his staff with handguns, are believed to have already fled the country.


Archive photo by Páll Stefánsson.

They are suspected of having made their exit by airplane from Keflavík International Airport on Monday afternoon or Tuesday morning despite surveillance at the airport having been reinforced immediately following the robbery, Morgunbladid reports.

The Reykjavík Metropolitan Police’s investigation is ongoing.

The newspaper’s sources state that the men had three to four cars at their disposal on Monday morning, one of which they left downtown on Vegamótastígur with the engine running, driving another onwards to Smáragata. A witness saw them switch cars.

A probe into the weapons they used—two were recovered and turned out to be handgun replicas—concluded that they were bought in a store in the capital region.

The watchmaker has offered ISK 1 million (USD 8,600, EUR 6,300) in reward for information which assists police in solving this case. After publishing pictures of one of the suspects a number of tips were received, but none have led to their arrest.

The loot included expensive Rolex watches. The theft has been reported to the luxury watch manufacturer, which considers it large in scale in comparison to theft of Rolex watches around the world, Fréttabladid reports.

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