BERLIN A handcuffed thief in Germany who gave
officers the slip made short work for his pursuers when he made
straight for a police station to get his cuffs removed.
"It was stupid of him" said a police spokesman in Frankfurt
on Monday. "They took the cuffs off, but they kept him."
A security guard cuffed the man to a railing after
thwarting a late night supermarket break-in. By the time
officers came and arrested his accomplices, he had somehow
escaped, police said.
Shortly afterwards, the 19-year-old reappeared at the
nearby police station, where he told officers he had been
locked up by a friend as a joke, and asked for help removing
The officers at first went along with the ruse, "also
laughing at the man's apparent misfortune," police said. But
having already heard about the missing man at the break-in,
they then dropped their light-hearted facade and demanded the
The man confessed his involvement and was promptly
re-united with his three helpers in the local prison cell,
(Reporting by Dave Graham)