Crime Briefs: Jewelry, Alcohol and Freedom? ({{commentsTotal}})

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Finnish customs officials have rounded up a group of 13, accusing them of illegally transporting 20,000 liters of alcoholic drinks from Estonia to Finland.

Finnish authorities believe the gang had organized 40 trips to Tallinn, beginning in 2011. The alcohol was later sold in southeastern Finland, Finnish television station MTV3 reported today.

The culprits are believed to be Finns.

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Around 10:00 today, police in Tallinn responded to a robbery of a jewelry store in a shopping mall in the Lasnamäe district.

The police told uudised.err.ee that according to initial reports, the robber was not acting alone and pepper spray was used.

Police has asked any witnesses to contact them at +372 5244648.

Only four weeks ago a man, then believed to have been carrying a gun, robbed a jewelry store at the Viru shopping center in downtown Tallinn.

A week later, a man turned himself in, confessing to the crime. Some of the stolen items have been recovered.

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The Supreme Court today agreed to review the case of Anatoli Nikolajev, who has been in jail since 1998 for a quadruple homicide.

According to the sentence, Nikolajev shot and killed four people, including one pregnant woman, in his apartment in Kohtla-Järve in 1998. He claimed he had rented the apartment to his partner, who ran a drugs selling operation from the location.

Uudised.err.ee reported that new evidence has emerged.

Eesti Ekspress reported in May 2012, that even the daughter of one of the victims does not believe in Nikolajev's guilt.

It was also reported today that the Supreme Court opted not to hear the appeal of a woman sentenced to 20 years for infanticide in the killing of her newborn. 



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