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Dentist identifies robber by his teeth

The Local · 6 Apr 2012, 11:36

Published: 06 Apr 2012 11:36 GMT+02:00

The criminal, whose oral hygiene clearly left something to be desired, had bent, yellow and marked teeth as well as a dry mouth and a conspicuous cold sore.

The 42-year-old dentist's professional point-of-view apparently helped him to recall the man's mouth very clearly for police artists.

The robbers broke into Marcus B.'s practice in the small town of Fichtenwalde in Brandenburg on March 26 and brutally attacked him, slamming his head against a door frame.

The two men, believed to be aged about 20, then trapped the dentist's left index finger in a pair of garden shears and demanded money. Even though the victim gave them some cash, they cut off his finger and fled.

Police are now using the identikit pictures to search for the two men. The dentist described them as around 1.80 metres in height. "They were both slim, had dark, scraggy hair, wore dark hooded tops, looked unkempt and spoke broken German," a police spokesman said.

The dentist, who was about to lock up for the evening, reportedly gave himself first aid and then sought help in a neighbouring shopping centre. He was given an emergency operation in the nearby town of Potsdam.

Despite an extensive search, there is also still no trace of the finger.

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Your comments about this article

15:07 April 6, 2012 by emale
yerllow teeth???
17:40 April 6, 2012 by derExDeutsche
it seems the Dr. was lucky they didn't bite his finger off. it could have resulted in a nasty infection. Judging by those teeth, I would guess the robber to be either from the UK, or France.
07:07 April 7, 2012 by joysonabraham
@chango mutney

Your suggestion of hard labour sounds clever. These kind of criminals who want to fill their mouth doing nothing other than robbing from others will surely be worried about working real hard and doing real jobs. It could be a good deterrent. As the saying goes, after the prison time, may be a strong body gives them a strong mind, and help them do better things. Though may be not 12 hours per day and in a more dignified way. I mean never make them work in chain before the public like seen in some countries.
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