July 26, 2007 / 11:59 AM / 10 years ago

Shoplifter leaves address for police

BERLIN (Reuters) - Police called to investigate a supermarket theft were surprised to discover the culprit had left his contact details with a shop assistant.

The 30-year-old thief, who was born in Liverpool, passed a note to the assistant which read in German: “Call the police, I’ve just stolen”, a spokesman for the police in the town of Nienburg in Lower Saxony said on Thursday.

He left the premises carrying a full bag of shopping in one hand and a pack of toilet paper under his arm.

When officers called at his address, the man admitted his crime. He justified the act by saying he and his pregnant girlfriend were having cashflow problems because of a mistake by the social security office.

“You don’t come across criminals like this every day,” the spokesman said. “The man wouldn’t say why he tipped us off.”

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