Road cameras stolen in Sweden could end up in Russian drones – media – RT World News

A wave of radar thefts in the country is linked to the ongoing conflict between Moscow and kyiv

Sweden has recently been hit by a wave of roadside camera thefts, with up to 100 units believed to have already gone missing. Similar cameras have been discovered in Russian drones operating in Ukraine, according to local media, suggesting the events may be linked.

At least three other cameras disappeared from the E16 highway between the towns of Hofors and Falun in the past 24 hours, the Aftonbladet daily reported on Wednesday. Two other aircraft thefts were reported by the local newspaper Sodra Dalarnes Tidning.

The radars affected are equipped with Cannon-branded single-lens reflex digital cameras (DSLRs), Aftonbladet noted. Cameras of the same type were found by kyiv troops in captured Russians « homemade drones », the newspaper reported, citing a video recently released by the Ukrainian military. The footage appears to show the wreckage of a Russian Orlan-10 (Earle-10) surveillance drone, which is standard equipment for the country’s military, with a Ukrainian serviceman showing a bulky camera, believed to have been recovered.

The Swedish security service (Säpo) said it was aware of the alleged link between the disappearance of the cameras and the alleged discovery of units of the same type in Russian drones, but declined to provide any further comment to local media. .

« We don’t have the opportunity to go into specifics or talk about our intelligence work, » said Säpo spokesman Fredrik Hultgren-Friberg.

In total, up to 100 « speed-trap » cameras have gone missing in recent months, according to the Swedish transport administration. The thieves appear to be looking only for the cameras themselves, leaving other system electronics, such as speed cameras, untouched. The wave of thefts has already inflicted heavy damage on the traffic surveillance system, as replacing a single traffic camera costs around 250,000 crowns (over $22,000).

« Now we have up to 100 cameras [missing]so that’s a lot of money. » Eva Lundberg, an administration official, told local media.

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