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Robbers used a helicopter Wednesday in a spectacular raid of a cash depot in Stockholm, breaking into the building through the roof and flying off with bags of cash, police and witnesses said.
The predawn heist stunned police in the Swedish capital, who were unable to deploy their own helicopters to the scene because of suspected explosives placed at their hangar.
Shortly after 5 a.m. local time, the robbers jumped onto the roof of the cash depot belonging to security firm G4S and smashed a window to enter the building, said police spokeswoman Ulrika Lonngren.
There were staff inside the building, but no one was injured. Witnesses reported hearing loud bangs during the heist, but it wasn't immediately clear whether any explosives had been used.
Police were not sure if the thieves managed to steal any money, "but we have reports that witnesses saw them loading objects into the helicopter," police spokeswoman Towe Hagg said.
Witness Bjorn Lockstrom said he saw a grey helicopter hovering above the building for about 15 minutes, hoisting men down and then money up.
Police later found an abandoned helicopter near a lake north of Stockholm. Hagg said the chopper was reported stolen and was believed to be the one used by the robbers.