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German burglar pays dearly for credit card trick
March 21, 2007 / 6:53 PM / 11 years ago

German burglar pays dearly for credit card trick

BERLIN (Reuters) - A hapless German thief snapped his credit card in two while prying open a lock, inadvertently leaving behind his name and account details for police.

“He tried to copy what he’d seen them do on television, but the flat-owner woke up and the criminal ran away,” a police spokesman said on Wednesday. “The victim called up and read us the details off the card.”

“When we got round to the burglar´s house, the other half of his credit card was sitting on his kitchen table.”

The 29-year-old burglar was trying to open the door to his neighbour’s flat in Moenchengladbach in western Germany, police said.

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