More Romanians arrested for Oslo thefts

Oslo police have arrested more Romanian nationals than Norwegians this year for burglary, car-theft, pick-pocketing and other property crimes.

More Romanians arrested for Oslo thefts
Roma Sofienberg - Anette Karlsen Scanpix
Police arrested 181 Romanian nationals in the first half of this year for such crimes, compared to just 136 Norwegian nationals, according to the Dagbladet newspaper. 
"There is no doubt that much of the increase in crime is down to foreign gangs," Geir Ellefsen of the Oslo police told the newspaper. "The special feature of this year is that we have arrested more Romanian nationals for theft than Norwegians." 
The statistics are likely to fuel resentment against the Roma who have camped out in Oslo in recent years, although the crime wave predicted last year after their arrival has not materialized. 
The number of house burglaries in June and July dropped by 42.5 percent compared with the same months last year, while pickpocketing has declined by over 20 percent since last year. 

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Viking treasures returned to Norwegian museum

A fourth man has now been arrested in connection with the theft of 400 Viking treasures from the University Museum of Bergen, which is now returning the objects to their displays.

Viking treasures returned to Norwegian museum
Two-thirds of the treasures are now reported recovered. Photo: Universitetsmuseet i Bergen / NTB scanpix

The man, who is in his fifties, is suspected of handling stolen goods, police attorney Linn Revheim told broadcaster NRK.

He was not present during the break-in at the museum, she said.

“Police found objects at his home,” Revheim told NRK, adding the statements made by the other suspects led to the fourth arrest.

He has been remanded in custody for four weeks, including two in isolation, reports the broadcaster.

Two arrests were made in connection with the case earlier this week.

University Museum of Bergen institute leader Asbjørn Engevik told NRK that staff “never gave up hope” of seeing the valuable Viking artefacts returned.

The museum is currently working on returning the objects to their previous places while also assessing any damage they may have sustained.

Two-thirds of the objects are now reported to have been recovered.

“It is too early to say how large the damage is, but much can be repaired. The things that are most damaged are the biggest challenge, especially where parts have been broken off,” he said.

Police are assessing whether potential charges against the suspects could include damaging culturally or historically valuable objects.

“We will assess this if and when the charges are brought, in which case potential sentencing would be made stronger,” Revheim told NRK.

The police operation to make the arrest was initiated in October, when a man turned himself in at Bergen Police Station and claimed to have taken part in the robbery, according to the broadcaster’s report.

Police interrogation of the man led to the further arrests in the case.

The man who confessed to police is also under the care of the health service, reports NRK.

The broadcaster also writes that it has received information connecting the two men arrested earlier this week to a drugs-connected group in Bergen.

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