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Swede’s stolen car hit with parking ticket

A man in northern Sweden whose car was stolen was stunned to find his car again a short distance away - with a parking ticket attached to the window.

Swede's stolen car hit with parking ticket

Pontus Persson, a chef in Östersund, northern Sweden, was about to drive to work early on Tuesday morning when he realized his car was not in its usual spot.

In fact, it was about ten metres away, next to a tree at the edge of the forest.

Perplexed, Persson investigated the matter and found smashed windows, an empty place where his GPS used to be, and a broken steering column.

“I understood immediately that the car thieves had tried to steal the car but hadn’t pulled it off,” he told the Länstidningen newspaper.

Persson called the police and left his car where it was, hoping not to destroy any potential evidence.

However, the surprises were not over for the carless chef.

When he ventured out to check up on the car the next day, he found inspectors had slapped a 600 kronor ($91) parking ticket on the window as the car was incorrectly parked.

“I don’t know if I should laugh or cry,” Persson told the paper.

While Persson explains that the police still haven not returned his calls about the theft, he says it is unlikely he will cough up the 600 kronor.

“Not a chance! I have never heard of anyone getting a fine in this parking place. It was typical of the parking authorities to show up right after my car was moved by thieves,” he said.

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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.

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