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Friday, April 19, 2024

Robbers storm another jewelry store

Three masked and armed robbers burst into an historic Oslo store known for dealing in antique jewelry and other treasures. Thursday’s robbery was the latest in a long series of jewelry store hold-ups in recent years.

Police said an old Ford Escort car that had been stolen in Oslo the night before was driven up to the Esaias Solberg store, located for years in the historic arcade around the Oslo Cathedral, just before 10:30am. Three masked men carrying pistols jumped out of the car, stormed into the store and threatened employees.

Police wouldn’t say what was stolen before the men fled. Much of the unique inventory at Esaias Solberg stems from private estates, has historic value and can’t be replaced.

The robbers later set their getaway car on fire and continued their flight in another vehicle. Police were asking for help from any witnesses to the dramatic robbery, the latest in a wave of jewelry store robberies around Norway.

Police earlier have tied some of the perpetrators to Chilean gangs based in Sweden. One of the robbers on Thursday, however, was said to have spoken Norwegian.

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