Fredrikstad: Man charged after police find 51 hand grenades and “Kjakan’s” stolen submachine gun during raid

PolicePhoto: Vidar Ruud / NTB
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A man in his 50s has been charged after the police found large quantities of grenades, mines, cartridges, and the stolen submachine gun of Gunnar Sønsteby during a raid.

The police found large quantities of explosives, weapons, and ammunition in unlocked boxes in a warehouse in Fredrikstad on February 19.

According to the newspaper Fredriksstad Blad, which first mentioned the indictment, the police acted on a tip from an internal whistleblower.

A man has now been charged with illegal possession of the weapons. 

Among the weapons, the police also found a submachine gun that the war hero Gunnar “Kjakan” Sønsteby had donated to the Defense Museum and that was later stolen. 

In addition, the man is accused of having stored the weapons and explosives in a dangerous manner. 

According to the indictment, everything was in metal boxes on a pallet in the warehouse, without it being locked in any way.

“In the event of a fire in the building, all the explosives could detonate, with significant danger to the surrounding area and those who stayed there,” the indictment noted.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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