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Toilet paper thief evades high-tech police hunt
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Toilet paper thief evades high-tech police hunt

Published: 21 Sep 2012 07:55 GMT+02:00
Updated: 21 Sep 2012 07:55 GMT+02:00

German police have been left baffled by a toilet-paper thief in their own ranks after a two-year hunt. The mystery culprit could not be flushed out even after a hidden camera usually reserved for organized criminals had been installed to find him.

In 2010, cleaning women at a branch of the state criminal police (LKA) in Thuringia reported that rolls of toilet paper had been disappearing over a period of months, state broadcaster MDR said on Thursday.

Determined to track down the perpetrator, Waltersleben LKA President Werner Jakstat gave the green light for an investigation into the restroom robberies shortly after the alarm was raised.

When initial efforts to catch the thief failed, a hidden camera was installed in a hallway near the toilets, a move approved by public prosecutors in Erfurt.

To install the camera, investigators turned to surveillance experts normally tasked with keeping tabs on the mafia, biker gangs and religious extremists, a police spokeswoman confirmed on Thursday.

Despite the high-tech trap, the camera turned up no leads. So in early April, the LKA applied to install another hidden camera in the hallway to the bathroom doorway – but prosecutors denied the request.

That case was closed on May 5, but another had already been opened three days before, when more toilet paper was reported missing – though the second investigation went ahead without hidden camera surveillance until February 2012.

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09:25 September 21, 2012 by theladdie
The solution to this is simple.... buy the paper that is hard recycled stuff... you know the stuff that makes it feel like your rubbing bark on your arse!

No one would steal that!
18:19 September 21, 2012 by Englishted
@ theladdie

Or that shiny stuff from a "few" years ago that didn't wipe so much as spread it about a bit.
08:43 September 22, 2012 by wood artist
I'm betting the STASI had a system for dealing with this type of crime. I'll bet if they check with some of the old retired guys they could easily explain the best way to catch this miscreant. Maybe there's something in the files in Berlin, after all just about everything else that anybody ever did is detailed therein.

wa
10:02 September 23, 2012 by raandy
Keystone cops
15:53 September 26, 2012 by TheWonderer
If reality was not that sad, you would laugh about it.

But seriously: This is not on some stupid village-cops in a 1-horse-town but on a State-Police-Authority.

No wonder they cannot cope with the neo-nazis if they are not even able to get at loo-wipe-thieves...

Imagine: Starting a costy chase on something worth may be 2,50 Euro...

Sad story, indeed!

The solution should be to dismiss all those pratts and hire true professionals...

When it comes to fighting the neo-nazi-plague, how about contacting Mossad and asking them for some promising young staff...?

TheWonderer
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