From Iceland — Ram Breaks In, Steals Nothing

Ram Breaks In, Steals Nothing

Published June 3, 2015

Andie Sophia Fontaine
Photo by
Sturla Brandth Grøvlen, from the film Rams

Police in South Iceland, a normally quiet swath of the country when compared to the bustling metropolis of the capital area, have had their work cut out for them lately.

Sunnlenska – South Iceland’s media service – reports that police were called to the scene of a vandalism last Monday. The incident in question took place at a hunting lodge by the Ytri Rangá river.

Two windows were smashed, but police were unable to ascertain if anyone entered the dwelling, let alone stole anything. It did not immediately appear that a theft occurred and police suspected they were dealing with a common vandal.

Not everything is at it seems in the fast-paced world of criminal investigation, however. Police were alerted later that day and informed that the culprit had been apprehended: a ram that had escaped and had been missing for some time.

Police made it a point to tell reporters that the incident reminded them of the notorious and possibly fictional ram Salomón svarta (“Black Salomon”), from the book of the same name by Hjörtur Gíslason, a creature who was well known as a major prankster. Officers made no other obscure literary references in relation to this crime, but may do so for others in the future.

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