Either this man is really good at doing crimes or Iceland is really bad at security. Authorities say a man who is suspected of being the mastermind behind the theft of $2 million worth of bitcoin mining equipment has escaped the Icelandic prison where he was being held.
What’s more, he allegedly hopped a flight on the same plane as the Icelandic Prime Minister. In Iceland, news outlets have come to call it the “Big Bitcoin Heist.” In four separate heists, 600 bitcoin mining rigs were stolen and have yet to be found.
Numerous people have been arrested in connection with the crimes, including Sindri Thor Stefansson, the man officials believe coordinated the scheme. But Stefannson is no longer in custody and he’s believed to have flown to Sweden on Tuesday.
According to Associated Press: Police in Iceland said they believe Sindri Thor Stefansson fled a low-security prison through a window and boarded a flight to Sweden at Iceland’s international airport in Keflavik. Icelandic officials said it was unlikely that Stefansson had to show a passport at the airport since he traveled within Europe’s passport-free Schengen travel zone but the plane ticket he used was under someone else’s name.
A passenger that was on the same plane as Stefansson told Icelandic media that Iceland’s Prime Minister, Katrin Jakobsdottir, was also aboard the escape flight. Jakobsdottir met India’s Prime Minister in Stockholm on Tuesday for talks on a range of issues. Police Chief Gunnar Schram told Icelandic outlet Visir that authorities are certain Stefansson had an accomplice who aided his escape from Sogn prison to the international airport in Keflavik. Read more from gizmodo.com…
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