Madrid IKEA store victim of dramatic robbery

The first IKEA to open in Spain’s capital city, Madrid, was the target of armed robbers Dec. 9, who stole approximately US$7,345.70 after crashing into the store with a large SUV.

According to the Guardian U.K., the store was packed with about 2,000 customers when the robbers crashed into the store’s exit in a black Jeep Cherokee, then emerged firing guns in the air.

Police said the raid lasted no more than two minutes. No one was injured in the incident.

The store, which had been open for four months is, not the first of Sweden-based IKEA’s locations to be targeted in Spain, according to reports. In September of 2005, armed robbers stole more than US$144,626.83 at an IKEA store in Alcorcon.

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