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ROBBERY

Snowplough used in bold Stockholm jewel heist

Robbers used a snowplough to smash their way into a jewellery store in southern Stockholm on Monday afternoon with police still on the hunt for suspects in the brazen heist.

Snowplough used in bold Stockholm jewel heist

At least three people were involved in the theft of the store in the south Stockholm suburb of Bredäng, which took place around 4.30pm.

After forcing their way into the shop with the help of a backhoe snowplough, the robbers proceeded to ransack the store while the frightened owner and his wife cowered in the back.

“One of them stood guard while two others went in and cleaned out the store,” one witness told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

Before fleeing the scene in a silver-coloured Volvo, the assailants left a bag marked “Bomb” outside the shop in an apparent effort to complicate the police response.

Police cordoned off the area and stopped service on the Stockholm metro system between Sätra and Mälarhöjden as they carried out their hunt for the suspects.

Shortly after 5pm, the robbers’ getaway vehicle was found just a few hundred metres from the Bredäng metro station.

A witness told Aftonbladet the robbers left their loot as well as their weapons in the car.

“There were two bags in the back seat and two boxes filled with gold,” the person said.

Police continued to search the area for clues on Monday night, but refused to comment on what they had found.

There were no reports of injuries in connection with the robbery and trains were once again running normally on the metro by 8pm shortly after police had removed the suspected bomb from the area.

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GOLD

This Swedish snack could be the world’s poshest cake

How much would you be prepared to pay for a traditional Swedish cream pastry? One Swedish baker is hoping customers will splash out a lot of dough on his gold-covered roll.

This Swedish snack could be the world's poshest cake
How much dough would you spend on this? Photo: Magnus Johansson Bageri & Konditori

The Swedish cream bun (known as a 'semla'), is a doughy ball that oozes out a sweet almond paste and oodles of whipped cream.

Traditionally eaten only on the day before Lent, it has become a staple in fika-crazy Sweden's cake-packed bakeries and cafes.

It usually does not come covered in 18-karat gold metal leaves, but one Swedish baker has his mind set on adding a bit of luxury and flair to his country's beloved 'semla'.

“It's normal wheat flour dough and ecological almond paste. The cream is champagne-flavoured,” Magnus Johansson, who runs a bakery in the Hammarby Sjöstad area of Stockholm, told The Local after his creation went viral online in Sweden on Friday.


What a 'semla' normally looks like. Photo: Camilla Degerman/imagebank.sweden.se

Inspired by a $100 gold donut created by restaurant Manila Social Club in New York's hipster mecca of Williamsburg last week, Johansson decided to challenge his American counterparts.

“We responded to that and made a Swedish version, a 'semla', which is among the most Swedish things there are,” he said.

 

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Clearly meant to be savoured, Johansson's invention is miles from last year's Swedish pastry hit, the 'semla-wrap', designed to be eaten on the go, for stressed Stockholmers.

But if you're reading this and suddenly find yourself feeling peckish, be prepared to cough up 955 kronor ($111) for this pre-order-only version of a snack that usually costs around 30 kronor. However, some sweet-toothed gold and champagne enthusiasts have already been in touch, revealed Johansson.

“One guy came in and bought one fairly immediately,” he said

Interview by Emma Lidman