June 16, 2008 / 3:54 PM / 11 years ago

Escaped German thief asks police to open handcuffs

Handcuffs are pictured in London, January 18, 2007. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

BERLIN (Reuters) - 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 cuffs.

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 truth.

The man confessed his involvement and was promptly re-united with his three helpers in the local prison cell, police said.

Reporting by Dave Graham

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