Three asylum seekers who claimed they were fleeing persecution in Georgia ended up going on a robbery spree all over southern Norway, raiding stores in at least 14 cites.
Newspaper Aftenposten reported that the two men and one woman traveled from Kristiansand on the southern tip of Norway to Levanger in Trøndelag, stealing from stores in such cities as Sandefjord, Tønsberg, Halden, Kongsberg, Oslo, Hamar, Fana, Sunndalsøra, Oppdal and Molde along the way.
They specialized in stealing electronics items, laptop computers, mobile phones and cosmetics, targeting stores like Elkjøp, Expert, Hennes & Mautitz and Lefdal. A fourth member of the group was arrested in Oslo in July, while the remaining three continued their raids until the middle of this week, when they were arrested in Molde.
They’d managed to move from one police district to another, in the hopes that their crime spree would remain a low priority for investigators. But reports and analysis of the many thefts, internal warnings shared by the districts and information shared by security firms hired by the retailers ended up tracing the culprits to Molde. They’re in custody, awaiting trial and probable expulsion.