Two banks robbed, one man arrested

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Two branches of Norway’s largest bank, DnB NOR, were robbed at knifepoint Friday morning in the towns of Drøbak and Vestby in Follo, about an hour south of Oslo. Within two hours, police had a man in custody.

Police received the first alarm about an attempted robbery of the DnB NOR branch at Vestby at 9:12am, followed by a call from DnB’s Drøbak branch at 9:41am.

At 11:14am, police reported they had arrested a man at nearby Heer in Frogn township. He answered to the description of the robber, wearing blue jeans and a hooded jacket, and police said he was found in possession of proceeds from the robbery in Drøbak.

Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that the robber failed to get any cash out of the bank at Vestby, because it’s an office providing financial consulting services and has no cash supplies. Police believe the same man who held up employees there then drove the roughly 20 minutes it takes to get from Vestby to Drøbak.

The robber of the branch in Drøbak fled with what was described as a “relatively small” amount of cash. He was described as a man “well-known” to police in Follo.

A spokesman for DnB NOR told NRK that details remained sketchy, but there were no reports of physical injury during the robbery. “A robbery is a dramatic experience for the employees, however,” he said. “We’re sending out experts with knowledge of how to take best care of people who have been through such a traumatic experience.”

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