'Big bitcoin heist' suspect escapes prison and flees Iceland 'on PM's plane'

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The suspected mastermind behind the theft of 600 computers used to mine bitcoin in Iceland has escaped from prison and fled to Sweden on an aeroplane reportedly carrying the Icelandic prime minister. Sindri Thor Stefansson escaped through a window of the low-security Sogn prison in rural southern Iceland before boarding a flight to Sweden at the international airport in Keflavik located 59 miles from the prison on Tuesday.

Police said he travelled under a passport in someone else’s name, but was identified via surveillance video. “He had an accomplice,” police chief Gunnar Schram told local news outlet Visir. “We are sure of that.” Guards at the prison, which has no fences and where inmates have access to the internet and phones, did not report him missing until after the flight to Sweden had taken off.

Stefansson had been in custody since February, but was moved to the low-security prison 11 days ago. An international warrant has since been issued for his arrest, but Swedish police spokesman Stefan Dangardt said no arrest has been made in Sweden. The plane that Stefansson took was reported to have been carrying the Icelandic prime minister, Katrín Jakobsdóttir, to a meeting with India’s prime minister in Stockholm on Tuesday.

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