Newspaper thief claims crossword jackpot

A 64-year-old woman has been arrested in Uppsala in central Sweden on suspicion of theft. The woman stole up to ten newspapers twice a week - to do the crossword.

The woman, proof of the old adage that ‘practice makes perfect’, is reported by local newspaper Uppsala Nya Tidning (UNT) to have won more than 10,000 kronor ($1100) from her crossword heist.

The newspapers are left out in piles on Skolgatan in central Uppsala in the early hours of the morning for the paper boy to collect and deliver to readers.

But over an extended period of time the paper boy began to notice a shortage, leaving several customers without a morning newspaper, mysteriously only on Tuesdays and Sundays.

Police set up a surveillance operation to monitor the street and in the early hours of Tuesday morning the mystery was finally solved.

“This morning the newspapers were left at the location at 3.10am. At 3.37 the woman turned up,” said Magnus Rova at Uppsala police to UNT.

Police followed the woman back to her apartment and found up to 90 newspapers.

Under police interrogation the woman has admitted to taking the newspapers, 8-10 at a time.

She has explained that she was only doing the crossword and had won over 10,000 kronor.