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Police nail screw thief

The Local · 16 Jul 2012, 18:01

Published: 16 Jul 2012 18:01 GMT+02:00

A vigilant driver called the police after noticing the man working on a roadside warning lamp late on Saturday evening. He was reportedly wearing a headlamp, and kept hiding whenever a car approached.

Officers arrived to find a man who fit the description of a screw-thief who had evaded them for months, taking the screws from road signs around the small village of Peiting.

"He had a large number of nuts and appropriate tools with him," police chief Rudolf Fischer told the Münchner Merkur newspaper.

"He quickly admitted that he had been dismantling road signs for some time," Fischer added.

Police later found kilos of stolen screws, nuts and eyelets in the man's home. They believe that he was motivated by a simple mania for collection.

The 54-year-old man, who had no other convictions, was apparently psychologically disturbed and is receiving care. It is still unclear whether he can be made liable for his actions, which caused an estimated damage of €800.

"We are still missing a few road signs," said Fischer.

Franz Multerer, local authority construction chief, greeted the news with relief. "Thank God," he said, explaining that he was beginning to wonder how he was supposed to re-attach the signs in the future.

Multerer intends to contact the police as soon as possible to ask for the screws back. "Because they're all mine!" he explained.

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Your comments about this article

18:32 July 16, 2012 by Englishted
Why not use rivets instead of screws then you have to drill them out to remove a sign ?,and they are cheaper too.
20:24 July 16, 2012 by Raydoggy
This is a story about a few loosened screws and a few screws loose.
20:43 July 16, 2012 by beeker
This is just plain nuts. Hope he gets the help he needs.

As far as hardware there are vandal proof screws and nuts that are used in the U.S. and I think that they are made in Germany, or at least the packaging is.
03:47 July 17, 2012 by apple.kiddo
Now it seems that the Police would start SCREWING him for a SCREW !
09:18 July 17, 2012 by lordkorner
This chap obviously didn't read Screw Stealing for Dummies, Whenever one wants to do something illegal in a public place you must first blend in to the given public place. In his case he should have worn a bright reflective waist coat/jacket (available at any DIY store) no need to hide every time a car passes.
16:58 July 17, 2012 by germinator
when you see the police coming, bolt!
17:15 July 17, 2012 by neunElf
Germinator,

Priceless!
10:32 July 18, 2012 by raandy
I doubt that he is screwed.
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