Police hunt armed robbers in Oslo

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Police in Oslo were warning the public on Thursday against two armed robbers who held up a jewelry store in the Vestli district on the city’s far northeast side. It’s the latest in a series of armed robberies in Oslo during the past week.

Police were searching for the two suspects with patrols, specially trained dogs and a police helicopter after the jewelry store adjacent to the station at the end of the Vestli metro line was robbed shortly after 1pm.

Armed and dangerous
Police reported that both men were carrying either pistols or revolvers and should be considered dangerous. “They behaved violently at the goldsmith’s shop, and we want folks to take contact through us,” Erlend Storaker of the Oslo Police District told state broadcaster NRK.

Police were stopping and checking all cars heading into Oslo on the main boulevard Trondheimsveien-RV4, around the area of Aker Hospital. Other police control posts were also set up at various other spots around the city.

Police described the men as thin with dark complexions and speaking broken Norwegian and English. One man was wearing light blue jeans, a black rain poncho and white Adidas jogging shoes, while the other wore a green fleece jacket, black jeans, black and green jogging shoes with white soles and a blue-green scarf around his head.

Initially fled on foot
They were said to have fled on foot with an undetermined amount of cash and merchandise. Police said one witness claimed one of them men disappeared on a bicycle.

No one was injured during the robbery but the employees of the jewelry store were severely shaken, police said.

“We have a lot of patrols in the area right now,” Storaker said, adding that they also had tips on a getaway car the men later may have used.

It’s the latest in a string of other robberies around Oslo lately, with targets including a café in Frogner and a convenience store at Carl Berners Plass. It wasn’t clear whether the robberies are related.

newsinenglish.no/Nina Berglund