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Thief forced to break out of store

A thief who broke into a convenience store in Örebro during Tuesday night was later forced to smash his way back out after evading a police unit, reported the local Nerikes Allehanda (NA) daily.

The thief busted open the security shutters in front of the Alibaba Livs in central Örebro in the early hours of Wednesday morning and then smashed his way in through the front window.

The man’s forced entry did not go unnoticed however, setting off the shop’s alarm system and notifying the police.

When the police arrived at the store, the man managed to evade capture by hiding in the shop.

“We combed the shop as well as we could and conducted a manual search,” duty police officer Kenneth Johannesson told the newspaper.

The police arrived without a sniffer dog and were thus unable to conduct a more thorough search of the premises.

After the window was repaired the thief found himself locked in with his exit route blocked.

Faced with an acute shortage of options, he then proceeded to smash his way back out of the shop, setting off the alarm once again.

Witnesses reported seeing the man crawl back out through the window before he off down the street. When the police arrived again, however, there were no sight of the man and no arrests have since been made.

“It is hard to find finger prints now when so many people have been there,” the police said.

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Swedish police remove sculpture mistaken for suicide victim

Police on the island of Gotland removed a public sculpture from the Galgberget nature reserve near Visby on the grounds that it is just too creepy.

Swedish police remove sculpture mistaken for suicide victim
The gallows at Galgeberget. Photo: Artifex/WikiCommons
According to local news site Hela Gotland, someone was out for a stroll on Galgeberget (the Gallows Hill) on Wednesday when they saw what they thought was a body hanging after a suicide. Local police were contacted but when they went to investigate they instead found a sculpture by artist Jessica Lundeberg. 
 
The artwork, entitled ‘The Watcher in the Woods’, is a partially transparent plate sculpture that looks like a spooky little girl. 
 
 
Despite discovering that the suspected suicide victim was actually artwork, police determined that Lundeberg’s piece could scare others and thus took the sculpture down. 
 
“It was decided that if it were to remain, more people would likely be frightened in the same way,” Gotland police spokesman Ayman Aboulaich told Radio P4 Gotland. 
 
Lundeberg told Hela Gotland that the sculpture has been at Galgeberget since a public art project last summer and that this was the first time it had caused any concern. She said ‘The Watcher in the Woods’ was the only piece that was allowed to remain after the end of the project. But now it is there no more. 
 
 
Lundeberg has taken the sculpture back to her studio. While she hopes it will eventually return to Galgeberget, the artist told Hela Gotland it seems unlikely.  
 
She said that the sculpture was damaged by police. 
 
“It was ragged, dismantled and broken. I was horrified when I saw it,” she said. 
 
Police have reportedly promised to pay any necessary repair costs.
 
Although the person who reported the sculpture to the police has not spoken with the media, their jump to conclusions could perhaps be attributed to the nature reserve’s macabre history. Galgeberget is still home to gallows that were used to hang criminals for centuries. The last execution to be held at the site was in 1845, according to Hela Gotland
 
 
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