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Man robs five CPH shops in just 13 minutes

Armed with a bottle, a young man went on a very speedy crime spree in and around Central Station on Sunday night.

Man robs five CPH shops in just 13 minutes
The man's robbery attempts were centred around Copenhagen Central Station. Photo: René Strandbygaard/DSB
One young man’s actions in Copenhagen on Sunday evening give new meaning to the term ‘fast money’. 
 
According to police, the man robbed or attempted to rob five different businesses in central Copenhagen in a span of just 13 minutes. 
 
“He started down on Istedgade at a 24-hour kiosk where he made threats with a bottle around 8.30pm. Then he went – or ran to – Copenhagen Central Station and pulled the same number on several eateries,” Copenhagen Police spokesman Kenneth Jensen told Ritzau. 
 
The man’s mad dash for cash then turned to 7-Eleven stores. He tried to his luck at the 7-Eleven location on Vesterbrogade before making one last attempt at the Vesterport Station location. 
 
In all cases, the young man threatened cashiers with a bottle. 
 
“In some places he got money, and in some places he did not,” Jensen said. 
 
As of Monday, the culprit, who police describe as being a young man between 180-190cm tall, had not been found.

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Danish court jails woman in 4 billion euro money laundering case

A Danish court on Thursday sentenced a woman to jail for attempting to launder nearly four billion euros, the largest case of money-laundering in the Nordic country's history.

Danish court jails woman in 4 billion euro money laundering case

The 49-year-old Lithuanian woman had confessed to the crime in police interviews, Denmark’s Prosecution Service said in a statement.

Between December 2008 and March 2016, nearly four billion euros were funnelled through a series of companies, all of which had accounts in Danske Bank’s Estonian branch.

“This is the largest amount we have seen in a money laundering case brought before a court in Denmark,” special prosecutor Lisette Jørgensen said in a statement.

“The woman had a role in a large money laundering complex built around 40 Danish limited partnerships,” Jorgensen added.

Using her expertise, she “made it possible for the companies to move money around in order to disguise their illegal origins”, the prosecutor said.

According to the prosecution service, two other defendants in the case have also been linked to the companies. 

One is a 49-year-old former Russian citizen who is in custody after she was extradited from the UK in December 2021, and the other is a 56-year-old Lithuanian man living in Denmark.

The Lithuanian woman sentenced Thursday was given three years and 11 months in prison for laundering millions in a separate case. 

Together with Thursday’s verdict, her total sentence is eight years in jail.

Prosecutors also said the case is connected a larger scandal involving Danske Bank, Denmark’s largest.

The bank is still recovering after it became embroiled in criminal investigations in several countries over some 200 billion euros in transfers that passed through its Estonian branch between 2007 and 2015, involving some 15,000 foreign clients, many Russian.

READ ALSO: Danish police drop money laundering case against Danske Bank directors

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