Reports that a man in his birthday suit was on the prowl between Rednitzhembach and Büchenbach reached the police early in the morning. They found him with the help of a chopper by 9:30 am, still naked and suffering from exposure on what has been one of Germany's chilliest nights this autumn.
The 48-year-old man, apparently homeless, had a body temperature of 32 degrees Celsius (89.6 Fahrenheit).
Police said they had already made contact with the man at 2 am the night before, when he'd been caught stealing garden shoes and a pumpkin. The authorities let him go the first time, but unfortunately there were no glass slippers or pumpkin coaches for the man, who was transported to a hospital in Rother instead of the castle ball.