Former Serbian Military Part of Swedish Chopper Robbery

Former Serb paramilitaries took part in last week's brazen helicopter raid of a cash depot in Stockholm, Serbian police officials said Monday.

Former members of the "Red Berets" paramilitary unit who fought wars in former Yugoslavia in the 1990s took part in the heist, along with Swedish robbers, said Interior Minister Ivica Dacic, who heads Serbia's police.

Serbian police "handed certain information about a criminal group which was preparing a robbery" in Stockholm to the Swedish embassy in Belgrade a month ago, but Swedish authorities did not react or contact Belgrade after that, said Milorad Veljovic, a senior Serbian police official.

Masked gunmen used a helicopter in the Hollywood-style heist last Wednesday. They broke through a roof window and set off explosions inside the building before taking off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

A Swedish court said Monday that six men from the Stockholm area, aged 21 to 36, have been arrested on suspicion of robbery or assisting a robbery. Police spokesman Varg Gyllander said some of the men have criminal records but declined to give further comments. Police didn't name the suspects in line with Swedish privacy rules.