Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of Aug. 1, 2017


Computer equipment stolen from former kindergarten
Computer equipment was burglarized from Longyearbyen Kindergarten between Friday night and Monday morning, according to The Governor of Svalbard. “We do not want to come out with details now, but there has been a burglary,” said Police Chief Lt. Marit Ellingsen. Police conducted an investigation of the site Monday and are seeking tips from the public. The kindergarten near Svalbard Church was closed , but the building is being used by the city Longyearbyen’s property department.

Tourist suspecting of trying to steal vehicle while drunk
A foreign man in his 50s was arrested at about 1 a.m. Tuesday on suspicion of trying to steal a car parked in the center of Longyearbyen, according to The Governor of Svalbard. Police received reports of the man starting the car, which had the keys in it, and trying to drive off, said Police Chief Lt. Trond Olsen. “He could not drive,” Olsen said. “The observers kept watching him and notified us.” Police took blood samples from the man, who is visiting Svalbard and confiscated his driver’s license. He was released to the custody of friends, but Olsen said the suspect was interviewed later Tuesday.

Man suspected of stealing rucksack, phone from pub
A man in the 20s accused of stealing a rucksack and cell phone at Svalbard was arrested Sunday, according to The Governor of Svalbard. There is no question the items belonged to another person, but police are investigating how intoxicated the man was and how he came into possession of the items, said Police Chief Lt. Marit Ellingsen.

Disruptive man tossed out of Huset eludes police officers
A disruptive man thrown out of Huset at about 3 a.m. Sunday who refused to leave the vicinity, prompting a call to police, according to The Governor of Svalbard. The man left the area before officers arrived.