Suspect in Iceland bitcoin-mining heist breaks out of prison, escapes country

Iceland’s biggest crime caper in years just took a major twist.

The suspected mastermind in the theft of $2 million in computers used to mine bitcoin escaped from a minimum-security prison Tuesday — and apparently flew out of the country on a plane carrying Iceland’s prime minister.

Sindri Thor Stefansson escaped through a window at Sogn prison Tuesday night, according to the BBC, and caught a flight to Sweden from the airport in nearby Keflavik. Iceland’s Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir was reportedly on the same flight, headed to Stockholm for a meeting with India’s prime minister and other Nordic leaders.

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