Suspected of involvement in the theft of large equipment for mining has escaped from prison

Suspected of involvement in the theft of large equipment for mining has escaped from prison

The suspect, who was arrested in connection with the mass theft of hardware for Bitcoin mining in Iceland in the beginning of this year, has escaped from the prison of the city of Cognita, according to local news outlet the Monitor.

Sindri tor Stefansson escaped in the night from 16 to 17 April. Local police confirmed that the criminal managed to leave the country and at the moment he is in Stockholm. It is reported that at the international airport Keflavik fugitive seized the passport of another person.

By the time when the police established the fact of landing Stefansson in the plane, the flight’s already landed in Sweden. Currently the Icelandic law enforcement authorities coordinate with the Swedish authorities to apprehend the culprit. Issued an international warrant for his arrest. The suspect is not considered dangerous.

Stefansson was detained on 2 February on suspicion of involvement in a series of burglaries in which stolen was 600 computers, 600 cards, 100 power, 100 motherboards, 100 hard drives, and 100 CPUs. All this equipment was used for mining of cryptocurrencies in data centers in the South-West and North-West of Iceland. The burglary happened on 5 December 2017 16 January 2018.

The total cost of the stolen items was estimated at 200 million kroons or 1 990 000$. The magazine “Iceland” called the incident “one of the largest criminal cases in Icelandic history.” Although the suspects refused to cooperate with the investigation, and police have not found the stolen equipment, local newspaper Fréttablaðið reports that authorities charged early next week.

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