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Suspected ‘Big Bitcoin Heist’ Mastermind Fled to Sweden On Icelandic PM’s Plane


Bear in mind the “Extensive bitcoin heist” we reported closing month when a community of thieves stole spherical 600 extremely efficient bitcoin mining devices from Icelandic records centers?

Icelandic Police had arrested eleven suspects as section of the investigation, with out a doubt one of which has escaped from detention center and fled to Sweden on a passenger plane reportedly also carrying the Icelandic prime minister Katrin Jakobsdottir.

Sindri Thor Stefansson, who’s suspected of masterminding the final theft of impartial about $2 million price of cryptocurrency-mining equipment, traveled under a passport of anyone else but identified thru surveillance photos.

Stefansson had no longer too lengthy within the past been transferred to a low-security Sogn detention center, positioned in rural southern Iceland (accurate fifty 9 miles away from Iceland’s global airport in Keflavik), from the place he escaped thru a window early Tuesday and boarded the flight to Sweden.

Prime minister Jakobsdottir used to be on her strategy to Sweden to eliminate section in India-Nordic Summit and meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday in Stockholm.


It appears Stefansson has managed to cowl himself in Sweden, as Swedish police affirm no arrest has been made within the nation after being briefed by Icelandic police on the insist.

Icelandic police hold issued a world arrest warrant for Stefansson.

The stolen cryptocurrency-mining devices are mute missing, and Icelandic police are monitoring high-vitality consumption residing all around the nation in an strive to uncover the missing equipment.

In accordance with the authorities, Guards at the detention center didn’t file Stefansson missing till after the flight to Sweden had taken off.

“He had an accomplice. We’re decided of that,” Police Chief Gunnar Schram advised on-line news outlet Visir.

The theft, which the guidelines enforcement talked about is with out a doubt one of many greatest sequence of robberies Iceland has ever experienced, took dispute between unimaginative December and early January, whereas the arrests of eleven of us were made in February.

Moreover 600 bitcoin mining devices, the theft also incorporated housebreaking of 600 graphics playing cards, a hundred processors, a hundred energy offers, a hundred motherboards and a hundred sets of computer reminiscence.

Rapidly after the arrest, the Reykjanes District Court expressed restraint and released 9 of us on bail, leaving simplest two of us under arrest, which incorporated the alleged incident’s mastermind Stefansson.