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Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of Oct. 29, 2019


Mary Ann’s Polarrigg sold as storied owner fights cancer, police go all-out to find shoplifter who stole two pairs of socks and errant drivers are fined for using summer tires in September snow.

BANK BANDIT SENTENCED: Man who stole 70,000 kr. in first-ever heist in Svalbard gets 14 months in prison, 60,000 kr. fine


A Russian man in his late 20s who gained worldwide infamy by committing the first-ever armed bank robbery in Longyearbyen at the end of December last year has been sentenced to 14 months in prison and ordered to pay 60,000 kroner to the three bank employees he held at gunpoint.

10TH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE SPECIAL: Extra-extra-extra massive amount of random weirdness for the week of March 12, 2019


Quiz before reading the next sentence: What worst-case local police emergency explains the “hot” vehicle in this picture?

‘This is not a joke. This is a robbery.’ Man accused of Longyearbyen’s first bank heist officially charged; ‘he was not looking for money at all, but attention,’ attorney says


A 29-year-old Russian man accused of Longyearbyen’s first-ever bank robbery by demanding money at gunpoint was formally charged this week, with his attorney stating his client was actually seeking attention and help for his psychological problems in the short-lived caper.

Boozer banned: Drunk and disruptive man banned for a year from all Longyearbyen establishments serving alcohol


An intoxicated Norwegian man has been banned from all nighttime establishments in Longyearbyen that serve alcohol for a year due to confrontational behavior Sunday night at Karlsberger Pub that ended with police ordering him from the premises.

The man’s employer said Monday he has been fired and is scheduled to return to the mainland Wednesday.

Moronic motorist: Man faces charges for driving truck near polar bears on sea ice near Pyramiden


A man in his 50s who in April drove a pickup truck onto the sea ice in Billefjorden where two polar bears were nearby is facing criminal charges, prosecutors said this week.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of June 26, 2018


The road between the cemetery and Huset is closed to all foot and vehicle traffic following a landslide, the bridge between downtown and Svalbard Church must be demolished due to damage, and a man driving around asking for drugs is shut down by the police.

BIKE VANDALS: Boy, 12, injured after falling off bike with loosened wheel; other vandalism recently reported


A 12-year-old boy that fell off a bike with a loose wheel caused by vandalism escaped serious injury – but likely only because the helmet absorbed the impact instead, according to police.

“It’s broken, so obviously it took the blow,” Police Chief Lt. Anders Haugerud told Svalbardposten, which first reported the story Wednesday.

Random weirdness for the week of April 10, 2018


The inside of an industrial building is the new fishing hot spot? A Stupid Criminal Trick involving a coat thief was foiled when he set an apartment on fire? Damn (by which we mean dammit why didn’t we get this first) The Official Local Paper Of Record Run-Of-The-Mill News got the scoop on some wild weirdness this week.

Two 18-year-olds suspected of stealing snowmobile while drunk captured after police chase using snowmobiles, helicopter


Two men suspected of stealing a snowmobile while drunk early Sunday morning were captured several hours apart by police who chased them using snowmobiles and a helicopter, according to The Governor of Svalbard.