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Thief hijacks cop car, steals back own vehicle

When police in western Sweden recently apprehended two suspected diesel thieves they were not prepared to find themselves chasing their own car and seizing the same vehicle twice.

Officers arrested two men during late Sunday night, suspected of stealing fuel in a specially equipped car, according to local paper Bohusläningen.

While one of the men was being frisked, the police had placed the other suspect in the squad car, which had the motor running and lights flashing. Seeing his chance, the man jumped into the driver’s seat and made a break for it.

One officer sustained minor injuries when trying to prevent the man’s escape in the hijacked police vehicle, but the thief nevertheless managed to flee the scene in the squad car with the warning lights flashing.

The remaining suspect was then taken to police headquarters in Uddevalla along with the car, which had a specially built tank to hold stolen diesel fuel, according to the paper.

Meanwhile the police car thief had travelled north, with police in hot pursuit, tracking the car via GPS.

Once police found the car however, the thief had scarpered and was already on the way to Uddevalla in a different vehicle.

Well there, the car thief managed to force entry to the police impound lot, where officers had parked the seized vehicle. He started the car, forced his way out through the gate and headed north again.

However, police eventually caught up with him and apprehended him at his mother’s house.

According to the paper, the man resisted arrest and got quite violent.

The man’s mother offered to help calm her son down, but said that the situation turned violent quickly.

“The arrest was carried out as if he had murdered someone,” said the mother to Bohusläningen.

An internal police investigation is being carried out in regards to the arrest. The two diesel thieves are now under suspicion for a series of crimes, according to the paper.

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Who’s behind Lund’s spate of car burnings?

The university town of Lund has seen a spate of car burnings over the last ten days, and police are stumped as to the possible motive.

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A burned out car in Lund. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT
Patrik Isacsson, the local police chief, said that his city was home to few of the angry, marginalized youths associated with past spates of car burnings in troubled districts like Husby and Rinkeby in Stockholm. 
 
“We have none of that sort of social unrest,” he told the Sydsvenskan newspaper. “The police have not antagonized any young guys who might want to then take revenge.” 
 
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Lund has seen eight cars set on fire in the past ten days, with the most recent, an attack on a parked taxi on Norrängavägen in the east of the city, taking place early on Monday morning. 
 
Cars have been set alight across the city, often in locations close to the city centre. 
 
Isacsson said that the police were struggling to get a lead as none of the owners of the burned cars appeared to have any relation with one another. 
 
“We just don't know,” he admitted. 
 
“We are looking at youths in gangs, we're looking at pyromaniacs, we're checking out the people who like to stand and watch when they're burning, and we're looking at people who are mentally unwell and who want to get their frustration out through lighting fires.”
 
It was also possible that the burnings were part of an insurance fraud, Isacsson said, although he admitted this looked unlikely given the apparent lack of connection between the victims. 
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