Sir Ben Kingsley lookalike steals fur coat from exclusive Danish boutique

A fur coat boutique on Copenhagen’s upmarket Strandvejen fell victim on Thursday to a thief bearing a resemblance to Shakespearian actor Sir Ben Kingsley.

Sir Ben Kingsley lookalike steals fur coat from exclusive Danish boutique
Sir Ben Kingsley: not a suspect in the theft of two fur coats in Copenhagen. File photo: Hannah Mckay/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix

The boutique, Rohrmann, was visited by the Kingsley-lookalike and a female accomplice on Thursday morning, North Zealand Police confirmed. The store is located in Hellerup, an affluent outlying district of Greater Copenhagen.

The pair tried on scarves and the man attempted to haggle over the price of a fur coat before the two succeeded in leaving the store with two coats which hadn’t been paid for.

In addition to the Kingsley comparison, the man is also described as 50-55 years old and of slim build. He is not Danish and has dark brown hair, according to the description.

How that description fits with the comparison to the legendary actor, who is 75 years old and bald, is unclear.

Additionally, the man was described as wearing a Paisley-patterned scarf. He spoke English with an “indefinable” accent.

The woman is described as between 45-50, Eastern European, 170-175cm tall and with dark hair tied in a bun.

Kingsley, who was awarded an Oscar in 1982 for his portrayal of Mahatma Gandhi, is not considered a suspect in the theft, North Zealand Police have confirmed.

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Iconic monkey returned to Danish art museum after theft

A 30-kilogram wooden monkey by famous Danish designer Kay Bojesen has been returned to the Trapholt museum in Kolding after being stolen in December.

Iconic monkey returned to Danish art museum after theft
Photo: Trapholt Museum

The art museum confirmed that the monkey, whose design has become iconic in Denmark, had been recovered and will be placed back in its spot at the museum.

“It’s an incredible relief that we’ve got the monkey back. It comes from Kay Bojesen’s own workshop and is therefore completely unique and irreplaceable,” museum director Karen Grøn said in a press statement.

The piece was stolen during a break-in at the museum during the night of December 9th last year.

Part of the ‘Humour in Danish Design’ exhibition, the monkey will be on show again from Wednesday, the museum confirmed.

“This episode shows that it is difficult to hide and sell stolen items from an art museum,” Grøn said.

“We would like to praise the police, whom we have worked closely with throughout,” she added.

The museum press statement gave no specific detail on how the monkey was recovered.

In January, a 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of stealing the monkey, which has an estimated value of 100,000 kroner.

Trapholt was also the target of a break-in on New Year’s Eve, when an item made of gold and diamond, the ‘Rolexgate’ piece by Marco Evaristti, was stolen.

But police recently told local media JydskeVestkysten that they had reached a dead end in the investigation of that case.

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