Man steals taxi and crashes into restaurant

Following an argument on a central Stockholm street a man stole a taxi and embarked on a crazed joy-ride before crashing into a restaurant on Friday morning.

Man steals taxi and crashes into restaurant

The joy-ride began shortly after 5am on Friday and ended with a collision into the entrance of a restaurant.

The man has been arrested on suspicion of, among other things, attempted murder as he was close to running over a woman.

“She had to jump out of the way,” a witness told the Aftonbladet daily.

The incident is reported to have begun following an argument between two men and a taxi driver.

The man stole the vehicle which had the words “taxi” painted in its front window, in a zig-zag across the junction between Vasagatan and Mäster Samuelsgatan, ramming into several vehicles on the way.

The man ultimately abandoned the vehicle on Olof Palmes gata and set off on foot.

A security guard gave chase after the man and police intervened to arrest him shortly after.

The man is reported to be 25- to 30-years-old and is now suspected of attempted murder, aggravated reckless driving, drunk driving, assault and car theft.

Despite the man’s reckless ride at the wheel of the vehicle, there were no reported injuries.

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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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