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Partygoers bound and robbed by armed thieves

Two middle-aged couples were bound and robbed by five armed masked men in a house in Rimbo near Stockholm on Saturday night.

The robbers broke into the two-story house in the Norrtälje suburb of Rimbo at around 11pm on Saturday evening as the four people, two couples, were having a party on the ground floor.

The four partygoers were threatened, but according to police were not subjected to any violence. Their hands and feet were tied with electric cable and they were locked in a toilet while the thieves ransacked the house.

“This happened around 11pm according to the victims. The thieves were then in the house for some time before they left. The victims eventually managed to wriggle free and call the police,” Susanne Abrahamsson at Norrtälje police told news agency TT.

Police received the call at around 2am.

It was as yet unclear on Sunday morning what the thieves had managed to steal, but a safe was found forced open.

“There is talk about some art, but if it is a question of a large amount or just a few items I do not yet know,” Abrahamsson said.

The robbers were masked and the four people in the house at the time have told police that they could not identify them. Further interviews will be undertaken during Sunday.

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Bluff bid for Swedish firm sparks market turmoil

An erroneous press release published on Friday indicating that Swedish firm Fingerprint Cards had been acquired by Samsung led to a sharp rise in the firm's stock and a criminal investigation once the mistake had been discovered.

Bluff bid for Swedish firm sparks market turmoil

“An investigation has shown that the company followed its routines and was subjected to a deliberate fraud attempt,” business wire service Cision, the firm responsible for publishing the press release, said in a statement on Friday.

Fingerprint Cards, a Gothenburg-based biometric technology firm, issued a denial on its homepage on Friday that it had been acquired by the Korean electronics giant.

“The news in today’s media that Fingerprint Cards AB has been acquired by Samsung is incorrect… What has happened will be reported to the police and to the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority,” the firm wrote.

The matter is now being handled by the Swedish Economic Crimes Authority (Ekobrottsmyndigheten) which has opened a preliminary investigation into aggravated fraud.

Trading in the company’s stock was halted as soon as the abnormal share fluctuations were detected on Friday morning and all trades completed between 10.17am and 10.34 have been nullified.

Fingerprint Cards’ stock has been one of the Stockholm exchange’s strongest performers since the turn of the year, having climbed over 320 percent since January 1st.

The latest Apple Iphone incorporates the firm’s fingerprint sensor.

All trades from 10.17am have also been nullified in sector colleague Precise Biometrics, which also climbed steeply on Friday.

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