Charges Filed in Huge Computer Case
A charge sheet was filed by police today in Reykjavík District Court against Sindri Þór Stefánsson and his accomplices, suspected of stealing 600 computers from data centers in Suðurnes, Southwest Iceland. This was confirmed by Suðurnes Chief of Police Ólafur Helgi Kjartansson, when interviewed by mbl.is. The case is now formally out of the hands of the police.
The loot, stolen in December and January, has not yet been found, despite a reward of ISK 6 million (USD 56,000, EUR 48,000) offered temporarily to anyone who could provide information about its location. Six hundred computers, designed to produce Bitcoin and with an estimated worth of ISK 200 million (USD 1.9 million, EUR 1.6 million), were stolen.
The suspects are charged with major theft, and some with withholding information. Ólafur Helgi wouldn’t reveal how many of Sindri’s accomplices were charged. Altogether, 23 individuals were arrested and questioned in the case, and five have been detained by police.
The case took an unexpected turn in April when Sindri Þór escaped from Sogn prison in South Iceland an fled to Amsterdam, Holland, where he was arrested several days later. Since then, a travel ban has been in effect for him.