On the morning of Monday, April 5th, 2004 Stavanger lost it's innocent apparel. A league of at least 13 persons robbed the NOKAS cash center - shooting and killing a police officer.
The morning was a quiet workday. Although normal work hours prevailed, a lot of the citizens of Stavanger had fled to the mountains to spend Easter vacation in the snow.
Several shots were heard within the city center. Police officer Arne Sigve Klungland. The robbers had also set a truck on fire right outside the police headquarters, in hope of delaying the police in reaching the city center.
Newspapers state that 65 million NOK (apprx 10 million dollars) was stolen - mainly in the form of used bills. 13 people have been charged with involvement in the robbery, among them a Norwegian kick boxer. The majority of the men charged are Norwegian and from the Oslo district, but several have connections to the Stavanger area.
The case is expected to cost the Norwegian society 160 million NOK. The trial started. All 13 of the defendants were convicted and sentenced on Friday March 10.
David Toska, the mastermind of the robbery, was sentenced to 19 years in
prison. Kjell A. Schumann, Metkel Betew, Ridvan Halimi and Thomas Thendrup
received 16 year sentences plus preventative custody, with a minimum sentence of
ten years served.
Read more about the trials at:
Thieves Steal a Piece of Norway’s Soul,
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