Prototypes stolen from Sony Ericsson lab

A worker at Sony Ericsson’s facilities in Lund in southern Sweden is suspected of having stolen several mobile phone prototypes each valued at around 50,000 kronor ($6,000).

Prototypes stolen from Sony Ericsson lab

On Wednesday, police executed a search warrant in the 35-year-old man’s home and found 15 different mobile phone prototypes from Sony Ericsson’s development lab, a laptop reported missing from the office, as well as hundreds of other mobile phones, reports the Skånksa Dagbladet newspaper.

The theft was believed to have taken place between 5pm on Monday evening and 8am Tuesday morning.

“Staff suspected someone within their group. They checked the employee pass control system and saw that the man has used his employee ID at the time of the theft,” Lund police spokesperson Paul Nilsson told the newspaper.

The total value of the stolen goods is estimated to be around 750,000 kronor.

According to Sony Ericsson, the man is not an employee, but rather has a “working relationship” with the company.

However, Sony Ericsson wouldn’t specify the exact nature of the relationship.

The man has been arrested and taken in for questioning by police.

Police refused to release any information about what the 35-year-old may have said during the interrogation, however, as they suspect other people may have been involved and don’t want to compromise the investigation