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Bank robbery on Svalbard for the first time

the Archipelago of Svalbard is located inaccessibly in the sea between northern Norway and the north Pole. Crime tends not to affect those around 2.600 inhabita

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Bank robbery on Svalbard for the first time

the Archipelago of Svalbard is located inaccessibly in the sea between northern Norway and the north Pole. Crime tends not to affect those around 2.600 inhabitants, many of whom still carry the weapon as protection against the almost as many polar bears.

But the Friday before christmas, something happened historically in the capital, Longyearbyen, writing Svalbardposten.

" It was an armed robbery in the bank. We received a notification at 10.40, says Terje Carlsen, head of communications of the Sysselmannen, the Norwegian government's supreme representative in the archipelago.

According to the Norwegian public service broadcaster NRK, it is the first time that a bank robbery committed in the small town.

the Perpetrator, a man, should have been equipped with some form of firearm, and received an unknown amount of money before he was arrested in the vicinity of the banklokalen – the only one in Svalbard.

At the time of the robbery were three bank employees in the building, they should all be physically unharmed.

Hilde Fålun Strøm had an errand nearby and express the same surprise as most of the others in the locality.

– It is unreal. I thought it was a joke, but people wouldn't joke about something like this, "she says to Svalbardposten, and continues:

" We are a society that surrounds us with guns and handling them. This is shocking. But what would he do after he received the money?

According to Norwegian media, the perpetrator is not a Norwegian, and have been on a temporary visit in Svalbard. He has been sent to Tromsø on the Norwegian mainland, where the legal challenges are waiting for the historic crime.

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