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Washing machine thieves hit student dorms

A suspected gang of washing machine thieves is believed to be behind a wave of appliance pilfering from student housing laundry rooms in in Luleå in northern Sweden.

Washing machine thieves hit student dorms

A total of eight washing or drying machines have been taken from student living quarters in recent days, prompting the landlord to hire a private security company.

“We call the police, but no one comes,” Christer Lindgren of the Lindbäck Porsön property management company told the local Norbottens Kuriren newspaper.

The latest raid took place on Tuesday night, when theives lifted two washing machines and two dryers from a just-completed student housing complex on Klintvägen.

Over Christmas weekend, a washer and dryer also went missing from the same laundry room, which now stands empty.

In addition to taking appliances, the suspected gang of thieves also smashed up a number of postboxes and broken into tenants’ personal storage rooms.

The offices of the landlord were also burgled, with 2,000 kronor ($290) being taken from a cash box.

“The means of entry seemed very professional,” said Lindgren.

Lindgren suspects the robberies are the work of an organized gang of criminals and remains frustrated at the lack of response from police.

Police claim that no squad cars were sent to the scene because the perpetrators left no trace, according to police records.

“That could be why the conclusion was drawn that there was no reason to go out,” police investigator Inge Barsk told the newspaper.

But Lindgen remains dissatisfied with the explanation.

“Of course there are traces; there was a break in,” he told Norbottens Kuriren.

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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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