Sweden’s Gothenburg District Court has indicted eight people who allegedly stole nearly $416,000 worth of air source heat pumps, ground source heat pumps, household appliances and tools from several locations in the western part of the country.
A Swedish police official said on Friday that eight people will be prosecuted for the theft of air and geothermal heat pumps in Sweden.
According to the police statement, the total market value of the stolen goods is approximately 4.5 million Swedish kronor ($415,935). The suspects were indicted on May 31 and the trial is scheduled to begin on June 7 and is expected to last until Midsummer.
The authorities announced on November 29, 2022 that the thefts have adversely affected a significant number of citizens, entrepreneurs and insurance companies at the same time as delivery times for heat pumps are increasing.
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In 2022, the demand for heat pumps in Sweden increased sharply and sales increased by 60%. In the last quarter of 2022, sales of geothermal heat pumps increased by 30%, while sales of air-to-water systems increased by 12%, according to the European Heat Pump Association. Along with Norway, Sweden has the largest heat pump ownership per inhabitant in Europe.