Meter thief caught – $1 million later


Meter thief caught – $1 million later

A security guard in Sweden has been arrested and ordered to return more than $1 million (U.S.) he stole from parking meters in Malmo. The employee of a company hired to empty the meters, the man spent the last 10 years helping himself to meter money. As reported by, the thief knew how to work the system and kept his stash in the trunk of his car.

It’s a little bit of a relief to read these things happen in countries that are not the United States, and shocking to consider the amount of time he spent stealing before he got caught.

“He had very good knowledge about how the system worked,” Thomas Strandberg, CEO of municipal parking company Parkering Malmö, told The Local.

“We did things in the same way as other parking companies.”

He was eventually caught after a routine check and was sentenced to three years’ jail in 2013.

If only that “routine check” had been conducted more routinely – the city might have saved itself a big chunk of change. As it stands, I have real doubts that the former security guard  still has the hundreds of thousands he stole.

Read the rest of the article here.

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