Police suspect theft after surprise cash ‘windfall’

A woman is suspected of theft after she dropped a stash of 1,000 kronor ($140) banknotes in southern Sweden and then fled the scene, while local residents rushed in to gather the loot that was blowing in the wind.

Police suspect theft after surprise cash 'windfall'

When a woman dropped the impressive contents of her bag on Tuesday afternoon, local Ystad residents rushed to her aid and helped gather the banknotes as they were seemingly raining from the sky, wrote the Sydsvenskan newspaper.

However, in the madness, the woman who dropped the money slipped away, leaving bamboozled residents with handfuls of cash.

Upon realizing that the woman had legged it, the cashed up good Samaritans decided to give the money to the local police, a sum of some 13,000 kronor.

Just ten minutes prior to the flying money, police had been notified of a 90-year-old woman that had been robbed of 100,000 kronor – all in one thousand kronor banknotes. The woman had also been robbed of gold jewellery.

“She let in two women who said they wanted to see how a two roomed house looked like in the residency. One of the women went out on the balcony, while the other went into the bathroom,” said Stefan Mårtensson of the Ystad police to the paper.

It was when the two women had left the house that the elderly woman realized she had been robbed.

Police suspect a connection between the two incidents, and are yet to identify any suspects in the theft.

It remains unknown exactly how much cash the woman dropped on the streets of Ystad, or what became of the other 87,000 kronor.

TT/The Local/og

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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