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Crime Wave Hits South Iceland’s Stables

Stables in south Iceland have repeatedly been targeted by burglars in the past months, who steal valuable saddles and other riding gear and tools. On Sunday, six stables in Hella were broken into; earlier this month the stable area in Selfoss was targeted.


A stable area in the capital region. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Also in June, break-ins were reported among stable owners in Reykjavík and Mosfellsbær, Morgunblaðið reports.

Stable owners in Selfoss, Hveragerði, Eyrarbakki, Stokkseyri, Hveragerði and Þorlákshöfn intend, in collaboration with the police and respective local authorities, to join hands in catching the thieves, establishing CCTV cameras and registering the license plates of all cars that frequent the stable areas.

In January 2011, more than 40 saddles that four individuals in the capital region had stolen were confiscated. According to the 264th article of the penal code, those who buy loot can be imprisoned for up to two years.


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