Swedish police suspect Russian involvement within the large-scale theft of ice hockey tools from a retailer in Uppsala earlier this month, in keeping with nationwide media.

Round 1.6 million krona’s price ($150,000) of hockey gear was stolen from the ‘Sportringen’ retailer between November 5 and 6, together with what proprietor Mats Loov described as “the very best [equipment] we’ve received.”

“It feels horrible. They’ve picked the very best sticks after which they moved on. It’s piles of high skates which might be gone. We solely have a pair left,” Loov mentioned, in keeping with Expressen.

The Swedish information outlet reported that police suspect the theft was a “commissioned job from Russia” as a result of some high manufacturers have halted supplies to the country due to the battle in Ukraine.

The theft is alleged to incorporate 100 pairs of skates and round 400 sticks from Bauer and fellow Canadian model CCM.

“It feels horrible if we’re a pantry for them. Given the shortage they’ve of hockey merchandise, they will in all probability pay nicely for what we’ve misplaced,” added Loov.

Native police press spokesman Jonas Eronen added: “The suppliers have gone out to their sellers and defined that such thefts could happen within the close to future. There’s nothing confirmed, however there may be info within the preliminary investigation about this.”

The Worldwide Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) has been among the many organizations to ban Russian and Belarusian groups from all its competitions on account of Moscow’s army operation in Ukraine.

Nonetheless, Russians proceed to star within the North American NHL, which has proven no indication that it’ll take sanctions in opposition to particular person gamers.  

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