A prisoner in Iceland suspected of masterminding the theft of about 600 computers that were being used to mine bitcoin and other virtual currencies escaped custody and fled Tuesday on a passenger plane that a witness said also carried the remote North Atlantic nation’s prime minister. Police said surveillance video showed a suspect they identified as Sindri Thor Stefansson boarding a flight to Sweden at Iceland’s international airport in Keflavik.

They said he traveled under a passport in someone else’s name. “He had an accomplice,” Police Chief Gunnar Schram told Visir, an online news outlet.

“We are sure of that.” Investigators think Stefansson left the low-security prison where he recently had been transferred through a window early Tuesday.

Guards did not report him missing until after the flight to Sweden had taken off. Stefansson was among 11 people arrested this year for allegedly stealing the powerful computers in one of Iceland’s biggest thefts.

The stolen equipment, which still is missing, has been valued at almost $2 million. Icelandic media have dubbed the case the “Big Bitcoin Heist.” Read more from latimes.com…

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