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Police dismiss robbery in progress as 'stag night'

TT/The Local · 30 Apr 2010, 06:50

Published: 30 Apr 2010 06:50 GMT+02:00

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The report turned out to be valid but the robbery was averted as the gang elected to break off their heist. A couple of weeks later, however, an armed robbery did occur at the Hageby shopping centre in the town with several shots fired in the process.

The robbers made off with several bags seized from a security transport and no one has yet been detained over the incident.

Police in Östergötland now regret not having followed up on the reports. Police spokesperson Torbjörn Pettersson confirmed the sequence of events to the newspaper and explained that it came down to a judgement error by a duty officer.

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The police have now analysed what went awry in their routines and have conducted a training exercise for all of their operators, including a comprehensive robbery exercise.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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08:49 April 30, 2010 by JulieLou40
Jesus, that's totally incompetent. Doesn't give you much faith in the police, does it?
09:46 April 30, 2010 by wifey
If you ever get jumped, don't scream 'HELP' scream 'FIRE'.
12:59 April 30, 2010 by farnoxo
And in other news, a brand new doughnut and kebab shop called 'snuthut' opened in Norrköping that will have extra long opening hours. The opening coincided with the apparent robbery in a shopping centre nearby, which was merely dismissed by police as stag party high jinks. The commissioner of police would not comment on the robbery, but added that the new extra large lamb kebab at 'Snuthut' is delicious.
15:09 April 30, 2010 by kenny8076
haha faith in police? I just moved to Karlstad about 5 months ago from the states and i have seen a cop maybe 10 times since ive been here. My girlfriends parents live about 25 minutes away in Kil and her mom said their police are the Karlstad police. I have never seen one there and i asked her about it, she said they only come if someone calls them, then they drive out there from Karlstad. Its a new world for me coming from D.C.lol.
19:55 April 30, 2010 by rybo1
Kenny: i'm from the states too and oddly enough, also lived in Kil. Kil must be a magnet for Americans. We now live in Tumba. However, I really miss the small town flavor of Kil and less hectic way of life.

I remember going to the police station, quite a few years back and it was closed. As I recall, quiting time was 15.30. Is there still a police station on Storgatan?
20:08 April 30, 2010 by Greg in Canada
Sounds like the Keystone Cops. :-)
21:58 April 30, 2010 by dizzymoe33
Wow cops are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week here in the States that really sucks for you Swedes.
05:25 May 1, 2010 by Swedesmith
I talked with a guy who lived in Rättvik and he said the cops only come up there once a year and drive through town to see if anybody died...
08:08 May 1, 2010 by pjtaipale
JulieLou40: you call the police incompetent. But remember: no doubt, if there were a stag night party mistaken for a robbery, and someone were to call the police, and the police were to come, someone else would call them incompetent as well.

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