Devil and angel rob shop owner in Cologne as Karneval begins

Devil and angel rob shop owner in Cologne as Karneval begins
A Karneval goer in a devil costume on Thursday. Same one? Photo: DPA
Two thieves dressed in angel and devil costumes robbed a shop owner in Cologne at knifepoint on Thursday.

The robbery took place in the early morning hours of the first day of the city’s debaucherous Karneval costume and parade festival, police in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia reported on Thursday.

At 5:20 am, the diabolical duo in Karneval garb approached a 48-year-old electronics shop owner in the city’s Porz district. They threatened him with a knife and forced him inside, where they relieved him of cash and a large quantity of stamps, police said.

The two men then bound the shop owner and fled. Some time later, the man was able to wiggle his mobile phone out of a pocket and call emergency services. When police arrived, the man was suffering from shock.

Officers are urgently seeking witnesses who saw a devil and an angel together in the area. The first suspect is described as tall and thin, with a red-painted face, devil hat with horns, and a red devil costume with jeans. His celestial counterpart was also tall and thin, had his face painted white, and wore a white angel costume.