Danish villagers band together to catch berry booth bandits

Residents of the Jutland town of Saltum hatched up a plan to catch a pair of thieves who had snuck into their local strawberry booth and stolen the cash left by other customers several nights in a row.

Danish villagers band together to catch berry booth bandits
'I didn't choose the berry-booth-bandit life, the berry-booth-bandit life chose me.' Photo: cyclonebill/Flickr

Naïve as it may appear to nationals of many other countries, it is fairly common to see unmanned booths and shacks in the Danish countryside where customers are trusted to leave cash in a tray or collection box to pay for the produce they take.

But when the villagers of Saltum noticed that their trust was being abused by two men who had been raiding their booth for three days in a row and stealing all the cash left by other customers, they decided it was time to take action.

When the suspects returned on the fourth night on Tuesday, they had no idea they were walking into an elaborate trap set by the cunning villagers.

As the villagers had expected, one of the suspected thieves snuck unto the shack late in the night to steal whatever cash had been left by the customers that day, unaware that he was being watched by a group of locals lying in wait and armed with only a plank, screwdriver and lots of moxie.

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As soon as the man was inside, they rushed over to the shack and used the screwdriver to attach the plank across the door, trapping the presumably bewildered man inside.

Realising his partner was in trouble, the other suspect attempted to escape in their car, which he crashed shortly after.

The accident may have been engineered by the shrewd villagers, who had also constructed and deployed spike strips made from wooden planks and nails along the road for just such an eventuality.

The second suspect then attempted to escape on foot, but a police canine patrol arrived to apprehend him – as well as his partner, trapped in the shack – shortly after.

“The residents had trapped one of the two men inside the shack, so we arrested him quickly. The other of the two men made a run for it, but the police caught him too, so we made two arrests,” Bruno Brix from the North Jutland Police told Ekstra Bladet.

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Danish 7-Eleven stores back on grid after ransomware attack

Almost all of 7-Eleven’s 176 Denmark locations are back up and running with the help of a backup system, the company said on Thursday. 

Danish 7-Eleven stores back on grid after ransomware attack

In an email to news wire Ritzau, 7-eleven said that over 96 percent of its convenience stores across Denmark were now in “stable operation”. That corresponds to around 169 stores.

“We have technicians at the remaining stores who are working hard to get them up and running as soon as possible,” the company said in the email.

However, convenience stores at train stations (where you can buy a transport card) were only accepting Dankort (debit card) payments as of Wednesday evening.

All operational stores outside of train stations currently accept Mobile Pay (app) and cash payments, and many can take Visa, Mastercard, and Dankort. 

“We expect that all stores outside of train stations can accept all Visa, Mastercard, and Dankort during the course of tomorrow morning, and all stores at train stations [will be able to] during the course of the week,” the company wrote late on Wednesday.

The convenience store chain was on Monday hit by a cyber attack that forced all of its 176 stores in Denmark to close.

7-Eleven has confirmed that the outage was due to a ransomware attack — hackers demanded money to return access to the company’s data and systems. 

The attack has been reported to police.

The company’s CEO, Jesper Østergaard, told Ritzau he did not know the extent of losses suffered by 7-Eleven as a result of the incident.