Iceland’s Supreme Court sentenced Pawels Jerzy Podburaczynski to seven years in prison today for taking part in the armed robbery of Michelsen watchmaker’s in October 2011.
His sentenced was lengthened from the original five years announced by Reykjavík District Court. Podburaczynski’s three accomplices were all given five year sentences. The men have been referred to in the Icelandic media as the ‘Rolex Raiders.’
Podburaczynski was convicted in 2006 in his home country of Poland for robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. The judges took this into account when handing him the longer sentence. He has also has a record of sexual offenses in his home country, ruv.is reports.
In Iceland, all four men were found guilty of having stolen goods worth ISK 50 million (USD 394,000, EUR 302,000) as well as four vehicles which were used in the robbery.
They were extradited from Switzerland to Iceland after fleeing the country and are believed to have traveled to Iceland specifically to carry out the crime.