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Four held for robbery after paedophile trap

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Police have arrested two men and two women for robbery after setting up honey traps online and luring or forcing their way into at least two victims' homes where they forced them to record "paedophile confessions".

Using online names such as Josefin, Ammie and Sofia, the suspects gained access to two men's homes while a third victim went to meet his supposed date in a parking lot where he was assaulted and had his car stolen, reported regional Skånska Dagbladet newspaper.

At least one of the victims had set up a date with a person he knew to be underage.

The arrest order shows what appears to be a father-and-son duo. The male suspects are 57 and 35, while their female associates are 32 and 28.

Skånska Dagbladet reports, however, that there were three men involved in the first known case, leaving the possibility that at least one assailant is still at large.

The three men attacked a 34-year-old man in Skurup back in August after he let in “Josefin” whom he had arranged to see online. She let the men in who then beat the victim with a wheel spanner, forced him to say he was a paedophile while taping him, and then locked him in a closet where they left him.

A few days later, a 27-year-old man turned up on a parking lot for his date with “Ammie”, who online had said she was 14. He was instead threatened with a tazer, taken back to his flat and forced to record a confession to being a paedophile.

A few weeks later, parts of the loot showed up on the buy-sell site Blocket, arousing police suspicion.

While the robbers managed one more heist, beating up and stealing the car of a 60-year-old man in Malmö, police homed in on the assailants.

They were arrested over the Christmas holidays.

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