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Thieves Target Small Handicraft Shop

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Thieves Target Small Handicraft Shop

Police closed part of the Ring Road after the accident on May 2, 2015

Photo: Baldur Arnarson.

Two men this morning robbed Húnabúð in the small North Iceland town of Blönduós. According to the shop’s owner, the foreign men were very subtle.

Sigurlaug Gísladóttir told Vísir that though with hindsight she may have guessed what they were up to, she did not suspect at the time.

“When it’s a nice day like today, I sell clothes out on the decking outside the shop,” Sigurlaug says. “And a foreign man came up to me and asked for help choosing a sweater, which I of course did. He found it hard to decide and talked to me for a long time.”

While the shopkeeper was distracted, another man stole all of the cash from the till, as well as all cash, cards and ID from the owner’s handbag. The total haul was in the region of ISK 70,000 (EUR 475/USD 520).

Húnabúð does not have any alarms or CCTV and there are therefore no pictures of the suspects available. It is a small shop selling handicrafts made by local people, as well as toys and clothes. “We are really a co-operative, without the food,” Sigurlaug says.

“They were two young men, well-dressed and spoke broken English with a French accent. Though I do not want to assert for sure that they are French. They were around 170 cm tall, dark-haired and one of them had a baseball cap.”

Sigurlaug says she has grown so used to trusting people in Blönduós that she might have spotted the ploy if she had thought about it differently.

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