Malmö men robbed by nighttime femmes fatales

Police in southern Sweden are on the hunt for two women in their mid-twenties who are alleged to have targeted three young men at Malmö nightclubs, leaving them drugged, disorientated and relieved of their valuables.

Malmö men robbed by nighttime femmes fatales

“The perpetrators have shown complete disregard for their victims by drugging them with an unidentified substance. We are working frantically to solve this,” said Lennart Sverremo at Malmö police.

One of the alleged criminal duo’s victims, 25-year-old Tim Ögren, has said that he is considering moving from his apartment after an evening at downtown nightclub Étage left him empty handed.

“An attractive girl came over and flirted with me. She was very forward. I just thought to myself that she found me attractive,” Ögren told TV3’s crime watch programme Efterlyst, which will feature his case on Wednesday.

Ögren later met the woman at a bus stop and invited her home to his apartment in the plush Västra Hamnen area of the city. After accepting her offer of a drink from a bottle of vodka that she had with her in her handbag, he felt dizzy and blacked out.

When he awoke at 4.30 in the afternoon he found to his horror that his apartment had been swept clean of valuables, including his television, computer and amplifier.

The 25-year-old’s story mirrors the experience of two other men who have reported falling victim to the alleged night time femmes fatales and police suspect that they may be further men with a story to tell.

“We suspect that there may be more victims of the women’s nightclub advances. There can be a reluctance to report crimes of this type,” Lennart Sverremo said.

The two women suspects are described as a blonde and brunette in their late twenties and speaking with a local dialect. Malmö police haven’t ruled out that they may be working as part of a larger gang.

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Sweden breaks yearly record for fatal shootings

A man was shot to death in Kristianstad, Skåne, late on Thursday night. He is the 48th person to be shot dead in Sweden this year, meaning that the previous record for most fatal shootings in one year set in 2020 has now been broken.

Sweden breaks yearly record for fatal shootings

“Unfortunately we can’t say more than that he’s in his twenties and we have no current suspects,” duty officer Mikael Lind told TT newswire.

According to police statistics, this most recent deadly shooting means that 48 people have been shot to death in 2022, meaning that Sweden has broken a new record for deadly shootings per year.

Earlier this week, Sweden’s police chief Anders Thornberg said that this number is likely to rise even higher before the end of the year.

“It looks like we’re going to break the record this year,” he told TT on Tuesday. “That means – if it continues at the same pace – around 60 deadly shootings.”

“If it ends up being such a large increase that would be very unusual,” said Manne Gerell, criminiologist at Malmö University.

“We saw a large increase between 2017 and 2018, and we could see the same now, as we’re on such low figures in Sweden. But it’s still worrying that it’s increasing by so much over such a short time period,” he said.

There also seems to be an upwards trend in the number of shootings overall during 2022. 273 shootings had occured by September 1st this year, compared with 344 for the whole of 2021 and 379 for the whole of 2020.

If shootings continue at this rate for the rest of 2022, it is likely that the total number for the year would be higher than 2021 and 2020. There are, however, fewer injuries.

“The majority of shootings cause no injuries, but this year, mortality has increased substantially,” Gerell explained. “There aren’t more people being shot, but when someone is shot, they’re more likely to die.”

Thursday’s shooting took place in Kristianstad, but it’s only partially true that deadly gun violence is becoming more common in smaller cities.

“It’s moved out somewhat to smaller cities, but we’re overexaggerating that effect,” Gerell said. “We’re forgetting that there have been shootings in other small cities in previous years.”

A report from the Crime Prevention Council (Brå) presented last spring showed that Sweden, when compared with 22 different countries in Europe, was the only one with an upwards trend for deadly shootings.

Temporary increases can be seen during some years in a few countries, but there were no countries which showed such a clear increase as Sweden has seen for multiple years in a row, according to Brå.

The Swedish upwards trend for deadly gun violence began in the beginning of the 2000s, but the trend took off in 2013 and has continued to increase since.

Eight of ten deadly shootings take place in criminal environments, the study showed. The Swedish increase has taken place in principle only among the 20-29 year old age group.

When police chief Anders Thornberg was asked how the trend can be broken, he said that new recruitments are one of the most important factors.

“The most important thing is to break recruitment, make sure we can listen encrypted and that we can get to the profits of crime in a better way,” he said.