ID thefts continue to climb in Sweden

The number of Swedes who had their identities stolen reached record numbers last year, with little solace found in the justice system as the cases are notoriously hard to crack.

ID thefts continue to climb in Sweden

In 2012, some 65,000 Swedes had their identities stolen, becoming victims of crimes running the gamut from loans taken out in their name, or the thief shopping on their credit line.

“The net gives anonymity. We solve very few cases, far too few,” Lars Minnedal, at the fraud unit at the Stockholm police, told the TT news agency.

“It’s a huge problem. About half of all fraud cases in some way have to do with stolen identities. There is nothing to indicate we’ll see less of these crimes in the future.”

The Swedish Theft Prevention Association (Svenska Stöldskyddsföreningen), meanwhile, said one way to make it harder for criminals to perform certain crimes with a stolen identity is to let people in Sweden pause their personal identity number (personnummer).

Doing so means a person can’t perform a credit check on their victim, and it becomes harder to apply for a loan or credit, the association noted.

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Thieves’ Ben & Jerry’s loot melts mid-heist

Thieves in eastern Sweden have been left red-faced after their loot of Ben & Jerry's ice cream worth 9,000 kronor ($1,380) melted during their failed getaway.

Thieves' Ben & Jerry's loot melts mid-heist

The two thieves struck a truck parked outside a wholesale centre in Gävle on Sweden’s east coast on Tuesday morning, but a security guard noticed the pair mid-heist and gave chase.

The thieves dumped their stolen treats during the getaway, but the guard managed to catch one of them, an 18-year-old man, while his accomplice escaped.

“As I understand it, all the ice cream was still (in the bags). And a lot of it had melted so it had to be thrown away,” Mikael Hedström, spokesman for the Gävle police, told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

“This is one of the most unusual crimes I’ve been involved in.”

The 18-year-old has been detained on the suspicion of theft, while the police are still on the hunt for his accomplice.

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