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Teenager arrested for bank robbery

A boy described by police as either 15 or 16 years old was arrested northeast of Oslo on Wednesday, suspected of having been involved in Monday’s robbery of a bank in Kristiansand, several hundred kilometers to the south. 

He’s also suspected of having taken part in three other recent robberies in southern Norway, reported Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK).

The boy was apprehended in Aurskog-Høland in Akershus County and was immediately transferred to police in Kristiansand, where he was undergoing questioning Wednesday afternoon.

He’s been charged with the robbery of Sparebanken Pluss at Rona in Kristiansand on Monday. Police wouldn’t immediately say what led to the arrest but the getaway car was found at the Justvik marina in Kristiansand shortly after the robbery occurred.

Jan Nesland, who’s leading the robbery investigation, said that juvenile crime is a growing problem in Norway. “It’s worrisome, but we have seen more (youth) carrying out crimes, even younger than him,” Nesland told NRK Sørlandet. “We’re taking this seriously.”

Police have identified more suspects in the bank robbery, where the haul was estimated at between NOK 40,000 and 70,000. The same bank was robbed three months ago as well.

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