Young Telemark man confesses to bank robbery

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One of three young men from Telemark County who were arrested in connection with the robbery of a bank in Skien on Wednesday afternoon has confessed to the crime. Both he and his two alleged accomplices were already well-known to local police, who quickly tracked them down.

The three men, all in their 20s, held up a branch of Sparebank1 at Gråtenmoen in Skien Wednesday afternoon, threatening employees with the knife and fleeing with an unknown amount of cash.

They were tracked down with the help of police dogs, and police were able to recover the stolen money, the knife and a sweater worn by one of the three men.

They now face custody hearings, Tor Ragnar Steffensen of the local police told news bureau NTB. It was third time that the bank had been robbed, with Per Halvorsen of Sparebanken1 saying it was “difficult situation” for the employees. No one was physically injured during the robbery, he said.

newsinenglish.no staff