Bitcoin Heist Suspect Breaks out of Iceland Jail and Escapes on Plane with PM

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I don’t at all advocate any form of theft, but this story brings me way more joy than it should.


Iceland ‘bitcoin heist’ suspect flees on plane… with prime minister

We were already captivated by the story of the suspected bitcoin heist mastermind who reportedly broke out of an Icelandic prison Tuesday and boarded a flight to Sweden.

But the detail about Iceland’s prime minister also having a seat on his flight just upped our intrigue. Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir was simply on her way to meet with India’s prime minister, alongside four other Nordic prime ministers.

Police in Iceland said they believe Sindri Thor Stefansson, the suspect behind the theft of about 600 computers used to mine bitcoins and other virtual currencies, fled a low-security prison through a window and boarded the flight at Iceland’s international airport in Keflavik, according to the Associated Press. The prison isn’t fenced, and inmates have telephone and internet access.

No arrest has been made in Sweden, but Icelandic police have briefed Swedish police on the situation and issued an international arrest warrant, the AP said.

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