Police in Oslo launched a manhunt over the weekend after two masked robbers burst into the home of an elderly couple in the city’s posh Vinderen neighbourhood and held them captive at gunpoint while they ransacked their house.
The couple were held for more than an hour Friday evening, and finally were able to call police for help after the robbers had left, at around 11:30pm. They could only describe their assailants as men who were wearing dark clothing, black stocking caps and face masks.
Police wouldn’t detail what was stolen from the home but news bureau NTB reported it was mostly cash and jewelry. “The couple weren’t physically injured but they were highly traumatized,” Gjermund Stokkli, operations leader for the Oslo Police District, told NTB. Police were asking the public for help in sharing sightings of any suspicious cars or people around Svalbardveien in the Borgen area of Vinderen between 9pm and 11:30pm Friday.
The couple were offered assistance by health care personnel after the robbery. Police said people are “very seldom” robbed in their own homes in Norway. “When someone breaks into a home and threatens the occupants with a weapon, it’s very serious,” Line Fremstad, who’s leading the police investigation from the Majorstuen Police Station, told NTB. “There’s nothing to indicate that the couple were specifically targeted by the robbers.”