Suspect in Iceland's 'Big Bitcoin Heist' escapes country after prison break

Sindri Þór The suspect used a fake ID to board a plane headed for Stockholm

Police spokesman Stefan Dangardt says no arrest has been made in Sweden.

Sindri Thor Stefansson, who is accused of stealing 600 cryptocurrency mining computers across at least four separate incidents between December 2017 and January 2018, allegedly flew to Sweden on a flight with Iceland's prime minister, according to a report from The Guardian published Wednesday.

He and 10 others were arrested for allegedly stealing nearly 600 high-powered computers that stored bitcoins - a cryptocurrency in December and January.

The prison is unfenced and inmates have access to phones and the internet, local news website Visir reports (in Icelandic). "We are sure of that". Stefansson was transferred to Sogn 10 days ago after being in custody since February, authorities said. Guards reportedly didn't realize Stefansson was gone until after the flight had departed early Tuesday morning.

The stolen computers, which are still missing, are worth $2m (£1.45m).

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Stefansson was being held in a low-security Sogni prison in the rural south of the island nation.

A passenger on the flight the escaped inmate allegedly caught to flee the country told national broadcaster RUV that Iceland's prime minister was also on the plane.

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Jakobsdottir was among five Nordic prime ministers who met with India's prime minister Tuesday in Stockholm during a summit. Jakobsdottir was travelling to Stockholm for a meeting of Nordic leaders and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Police commissioner Olafur Helgi Kjartansson told The Associated Press in March it was "a grand theft on a scale unseen before".

The computers were stolen during four raids on data centres around Iceland, a popular location for such centres because nearly 100% of the power generated in Iceland comes from renewable sources and because of the cool climate. "The underworlds are tiny and it is extremely hard to hide, let alone flee the country".

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