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Fourth man convicted of theft with smash and grab

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The men broke into the Lappeenranta store, smashing a glass door with a hammer.

Image: City Toijonen / Yle

The South Karelia District Court sentenced a man to nearly two years in prison for his participation in a 2019 raid on a jewelry store in Lappeenranta.

He is the last of four men to be convicted of involvement in the theft, which saw the group steal watches and jewelry worth around 130,000 euros and cause approximately 23,000 euros in property damage.

They then fled the country, passing through the Tornio border post to Sweden.

The stolen items were never found.

Before the theft, the men stole fuel and a car, which was used in the Lappeenranta raid.

On the run

Three of the men then returned to Finland, where they were arrested and sentenced to prison for aggravated theft in February last year.

The last man, sentenced on Tuesday, was arrested in Hungary in January.

He said he came to Finland to find work in the construction industry, but he traveled light, with no tools or construction equipment.

The court heard how the men carefully planned their trip to and from Finland in order to avoid detection by Finnish border guards, traveling from Romania – which is not part of the Schengen area without passport – to Poland, then to Sweden, before entering. the country via Tornio.

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