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Wanted: Robber with Expensive Taste (updated)

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Wanted: Robber with Expensive Taste (updated)

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Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

A robbery was committed in the watch and jewelry store Úr og gull in Hafnarfjörður last Saturday, Vísir reports.

Police have no suspects, but know they're looking for a cunning individual with expensive tastes. The thief had no desire for Hugo Boss, Kenneth Cole or Seiko, but focused on the most expensive brand alone: Raymond Weil, whose watches are priced between ISK 300,000 and 800,000 (EUR 2,037-5,433/USD 2,216-5,911) apiece. The robber put 20 in his bag, along with Italian diamond rings of the most expensive kind—some priced at a million ISK each. The criminal completely sidestepped silver, but grabbed the most exquisite gold pieces available.

Police have reason to believe the burglar knew the store very well. The individual seemingly had no trouble locating the most valuable items. Surveillance cameras of a shelf the thief passed on the way into the store appear to indicate the person in question is approximately 170 cm tall.

To begin with, police were looking for an organized master criminal, but they're no longer so sure, making the investigation even more complicated. In fact, they're not convinced the person they're looking for is cunning after all, but, rather, very lucky. The Fjörður shopping mall director, Guðmundur Bjarni Harðarson said, “He was like a cat.”

“Agile, short and quick,” are other words used to describe the robber.

A map of the sequence of events has been published by Vísir. It seems clear that the burglar used a crowbar to break up a door to the nearby Rósa Beauty Parlor before breaking into the jewelry store. What puzzles police is that what the burglar took from the beauty parlor, i.e. small amounts of cash from the cash register, is completely out of character with the rest of the robbery. Iceland Review was unable to reach any psychologist familiar with the case for comment.

The building's security system was off during the robbery and a passer-by called the security company at 06.00 to report an open door at the shopping center, and as a result of that phone call, the security system was turned off (if you, dear reader, find this puzzling, you are not alone.) It is now clear that at 06.30 the thief used a crowbar to break open an emergency exit door into the shopping center. Perhaps it was pure luck that the security system had just been turned off.

Latest developments in the robbery case show that since the publication of the story, a man was arrested and questioned by police, according to mbl.is.

The man denied any involvement in the robbery and was released following questioning and a house search. Clothes believed to have been worn by the thief in downtown Hafnarfjörður have been found, along with the packaging of some of the jewelry that was stolen. The investigation continues.

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