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Police warn about baggage-stealing gangs at Arlanda airport

Published torsdag 24 december 2015 kl 16.37
"Two seconds could be enough for them to steal your bag"
(1:11 min)
Väska på bagageband på Arlanda
Photo: Pontus Lundahl / TT

Close to 30 people have reported their bags stolen at Arlanda airport this December and police are now urging travellers to keep a close eye on their belongings, reports Swedish Radio News.

Border police at Arlanda airport believe that criminal gangs are behind the recent baggage thefts.

"We know that there are a few gangs operating here in different constellations. They are dressed just like other travellers and blend in perfectly," says border police Fredrik Selberg.

Selberg says that baggage thieves often work in pairs and that one of them distracts the victim by asking a question or asking for directions while the other person grabs the bag. 29 people have reported their luggage stolen at Arlanda this December, and Selberg says that thieves have even stolen carts full of luggage.

"Travellers are often stressed and easily confused during Christmas, and the criminals take advantage of that," he says, urging people to keep a close eye on their belongings.

"Two seconds could be enough for a thief to steal your bag," Selberg says.

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