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Break in at Stockholm royal palace

Thieves broke into the Chinese Pavilion at Drottningholm Palace in western Stockholm on Thursday night. Police have not yet established what has been taken but believe that it was a contract job.

Break in at Stockholm royal palace

Drottningholm Palace is the home of Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf, although the neither he nor other members of the royal family were home at the time.

“It concerns a full-scale break in and aggravated theft,” Bobo Mårtensson at Stockholm police.

According to the Stockholm police emergency call centre a remote alarm was triggered at the pavilion at 2.01am, and police were on the scene 14 minutes later.

The police unit had been beaten to the scene by guards, who had arrived 6 minutes after the alarm but the thieves had already left.

It remained unclear on Friday morning what had been taken but the thieves are reported to have smashed glass cases containing porcelain and figurines.

“They have gone at them, but we don’t know how many yet,” said Diane Sundin at Stockholm police.

When police arrived at the scene at 2.10am equipped with sniffer dogs they were able to locate a moped dumped in the water.

“The trail goes from the Chinese Pavilion all the way down to the water. Someone could have been waiting there with a boat,” Diane Sundin said.

Police technicians are on their way to the scene to collect forensic evidence and after they have completed their work staff will conduct an inventory to see if anything has been taken.

“As far as we know there has never been a break in at the Chinese Pavilion before. either they knew what they were after, which I consider the most feasible, or it is just people that have gone in and thought that this looks nice. But I think that it would be very difficult to sell on the black market, this is nothing that would follow the normal fencing channels,” Sundin said adding that she believes it could have been a contract job.

The Chinese Pavilion is on the Unesco list of world heritage sites and is in the grounds of Drottningholm Palace, where the king and queen, and until recently Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, live.

The building was constructed cloaked in secrecy as King Adolf Fredrik sought to surprise Queen Lovisa Ulrika as a present on the occasion of their wedding in 1753.

The wooden construction was replaced in the 1760 with a more permanent building. The interior of the pavilion is today one of the “one of the finest European rococo interiors with chinoiserie”, according to the Royal Court homepage.

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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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