Manhunt for intruder at Mona Sahlin’s home

Reports of an attempted break-in at the home of Social Democratic leader Mona Sahlin on Thursday morning prompted a massive response as police hunted for the intruder.

Manhunt for intruder at Mona Sahlin's home

Police were called to Sahlin’s home in the Stockholm suburb of Nacka at 10.53am on Thursday morning. Roughly half a dozen squad cars responded to the call.

“Someone rattled the door. A person was seen fleeing the scene. She (Sahlin) is among those who have a personal security detail, which resulted in the large response,” police spokesperson Sven-Erik Olsson told the TT news agency.

In addition to the officers at Sahlin’s home, dogs and a police helicopter have also joined the search for the suspect.

“We have no other description other than that a person wearing dark clothes was seen leaving the area,” said Olsson.

Sahlin’s spokesperson, Camila Peirone Buzaglo, refused to comment on the matter.

“We never comment on security matters. And we’re not going to do so now, but (Swedish security service ) Säpo has everything under control,” she said.

Peirone Buzaglo also refused to comment on whether or not Sahlin was home at the time of the incident.

According to the Expressen newspaper, Sahlin was at home with her son and called the police herself.

“Yeah, as far as I know that seems to be the case,” duty officer Christer Angeria of the Nacka police told the newspaper.

Despite the massive manhunt, no arrests were made.

“We have no suspect,” Stockholm police spokesman Ulf Goeranzon told AFP, adding that the operation launched near Sahlin’s home in Nacka, a Stockholm suburb, had been called off.

Sahlin, 53, who was reportedly at home during the intrusion, later told reporters outside parliament she was fine.

“I’m good. The family is fine, I will move on and work as usual,” she told a reporter from the Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) newspaper.

“This had been my every day (situation) for many, many years and I think everyone can understand why I won’t comment anything to do with security matters,” she added.

Sahlin, who heads the Social Democrat party, has said she will step down at her party’s congress next month.

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Thieves’ Ben & Jerry’s loot melts mid-heist

Thieves in eastern Sweden have been left red-faced after their loot of Ben & Jerry's ice cream worth 9,000 kronor ($1,380) melted during their failed getaway.

Thieves' Ben & Jerry's loot melts mid-heist

The two thieves struck a truck parked outside a wholesale centre in Gävle on Sweden’s east coast on Tuesday morning, but a security guard noticed the pair mid-heist and gave chase.

The thieves dumped their stolen treats during the getaway, but the guard managed to catch one of them, an 18-year-old man, while his accomplice escaped.

“As I understand it, all the ice cream was still (in the bags). And a lot of it had melted so it had to be thrown away,” Mikael Hedström, spokesman for the Gävle police, told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

“This is one of the most unusual crimes I’ve been involved in.”

The 18-year-old has been detained on the suspicion of theft, while the police are still on the hunt for his accomplice.

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