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Romanian police ordered thefts in Denmark

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The man stole construction equipment on police orders. Photo: Alf Van Beem/WikiCommons
09:02 CET+01:00
A Romanian thief was working at the behest of national authorities when he stole construction equipment from Danish firms, a report in the trade journal Tidsskrift for Kriminalret has revealed.
In a case that had remained out of the public eye until the journal’s report, the Eastern High Court in 2013 ruled that Romanian police ordered thefts to the tune of four million kroner in an attempt to entrap Romanian criminal masterminds. 
 
Public prosecutor Jan Rechendorff told news agency Ritzau that it was “a very, very special case” because Danish authorities knew nothing about the plans of their Romanian counterparts, which are illegal under Danish law. 
 
According to the report, the man stole three construction machines from Scantruck in Skive in November 2013 and drove them to Romania where they were delivered to individuals described as being part of the Romanian mafia. 
 
A month later, the same man stole six telescopic loaders from the Ulfborg firm Nicolaisen & Larsen. This time, the Romanian and an accomplice were arrested at a German rest stop. He was indicted by Danish officials but the trade journal report said that the Eastern High Court acquitted the man since he was working in cahoots with Romanian police – even though Danish authorities had neither been informed of nor signed off on the operation. 
 
Rechendorff denied that the case’s outcome would serve as a de facto green light for Romania or other countries to carry out other similar operations on Danish soil. 
 
“I can say that generally foreign countries obviously cannot make operations with a specific agreement with the Danish police and after full instructions from the Danish side,” he told Ritzau. 

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The report said that Danish authorities have long since asked the Romanian police to return the stolen equipment but have received no response to their request. 
 

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