Nordic police close in on rare egg thieves

A seizure by Finnish customs of some 10,000 rare bird eggs could reveal the truth behind a trail of thefts stretching across Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland.

Nordic police close in on rare egg thieves

Officers seized the eggs along with some 300 dead birds, some of which were stuffed and some frozen from a man resident in Österbotten in central Finland.

Police believe that crimes have been committed over a number of years and across several countries in the Nordic region.

“We suspect that this has occurred in Sweden too,” said Lars Lundman at Norrbotten police in northern Sweden to the TT news agency.

Most of the eggs seized were from endangered species and many would be expected to net substantial sums from rare egg collectors.

The arrest came as a result of Finnish police having received a tip from their Swedish counterparts, according to information from the Swedish Ornithological Society (Svensk Ornitologiska Förening – SOF).

The society referred to ongoing police investigations in Sweden concerning three suspects.

A Swedish prosecutor specialized in environmental law was present at the press conference in Finland and while Finnish police were unwilling to comment further on the Swedish angle, it has been widely reported.

The Swedish police investigations are reported to concern serious hunting violations and involve three suspected egg thieves operating in different parts of the country.

One of the three is also suspected of illegally purchasing, selling or exchanging eggs.

The suspected offences carry a range of penalties extending to prison sentences.

As a result of the spate of egg thefts, the counties of Västerbotten and Jämtland have decided to impose a temporary nature reserve in Stekenjokk mountains in northern Sweden.

The public have been excluded from the area for the month of June, the breeding season for the birds. The ban is being imposed with the help of the police.

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Bluff bid for Swedish firm sparks market turmoil

An erroneous press release published on Friday indicating that Swedish firm Fingerprint Cards had been acquired by Samsung led to a sharp rise in the firm's stock and a criminal investigation once the mistake had been discovered.

Bluff bid for Swedish firm sparks market turmoil

“An investigation has shown that the company followed its routines and was subjected to a deliberate fraud attempt,” business wire service Cision, the firm responsible for publishing the press release, said in a statement on Friday.

Fingerprint Cards, a Gothenburg-based biometric technology firm, issued a denial on its homepage on Friday that it had been acquired by the Korean electronics giant.

“The news in today’s media that Fingerprint Cards AB has been acquired by Samsung is incorrect… What has happened will be reported to the police and to the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority,” the firm wrote.

The matter is now being handled by the Swedish Economic Crimes Authority (Ekobrottsmyndigheten) which has opened a preliminary investigation into aggravated fraud.

Trading in the company’s stock was halted as soon as the abnormal share fluctuations were detected on Friday morning and all trades completed between 10.17am and 10.34 have been nullified.

Fingerprint Cards’ stock has been one of the Stockholm exchange’s strongest performers since the turn of the year, having climbed over 320 percent since January 1st.

The latest Apple Iphone incorporates the firm’s fingerprint sensor.

All trades from 10.17am have also been nullified in sector colleague Precise Biometrics, which also climbed steeply on Friday.

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