An armed robber who held up a bank branch at one of Oslo’s busiest intersections Monday morning was in custody after what police called a “short car chase” on the city’s west side.
The robber, a man in his 30s, entered the Nordea bank branch at Majorstuen just after 9am. He brandished a pistol and threatened both bank personnel and customers, according to police, who described the robbery as “brutal.” Tore Barstad of the Oslo Police District told state broadcaster NRK that “both staff and customers felt their lives were in danger.”
The man seized an unknown amount of cash and ran from the branch before getting into a car and driving off. “Good observations from witnesses helped us find the car, and after a short car chase, the man was apprehended at Smestad,” Barstad told NRK.
Police secured control over the man, the weapon and the money stolen from the bank. The branch, which also was robbed just a few months ago, was closed while police investigators and technicians secured evidence and interviewed witnesses. No one was physically injured in the robbery. Police said it was too early to say whether there was a connection to the earlier robbery in Septamber.