91-year-old Danish man tied to bed during home burglary

A 91-year-old Danish man was tied to his bed while two burglars stole a television along with cash from his home near Copenhagen.

91-year-old Danish man tied to bed during home burglary
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The two men stayed in the 91-year-old’s home for some time after restraining him, before they then stole his possessions, reports news agency Ritzau.

The home burglary in the town of Hvidovre near Copenhagen took place in the early hours of Sunday, according to police, who have now called for help from the public in connection with the case.

“If anyone has seen suspicious-looking men making observations in the area of Rødvig Allé [street, ed.] on Saturday evening or in the early hours of Sunday, we would very much like to hear from them,” investigation leader Ole Nielsen of West Copenhagen Police said in a press statement.

The men remained in the 91-year-old’s villa for approximately two hours while they tried to locate a safe, Nielsen said.

The victim’s arm was tied to his bed frame, which prevented him from alerting police immediately after the incident, according to the report.

The men are reported to be of normal build and spoke Danish with foreign accents. One wore a dark-coloured hoodie and the other a dark jacket.

They are thought to have left the area by car.

A previous home robbery took place in the same area last week, when a 77-year-old woman’s home was broken into on the nearby Hædersdalvej street on the night of the October 15th.

Stealing from private homes is treated as a more serious crime than other types of theft in Denmark, and carries a minimum sentence of five years in prison.

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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.