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Bumbling repo men kidnap wrong woman

The Local · 26 May 2010, 15:14

Published: 26 May 2010 15:14 GMT+02:00

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The three men, aged 25, 36 and 54 were detained on May 21 on suspicion they kidnapped and robbed a 62-year-old woman on May 6, police said in a statement.

The bumbling gang apparently thought they were abducting a relative of an indebted bus company owner, but police did not speculate on their intentions.

Investigators have managed to piece together the turn of events, which began when the men grabbed the woman around 9:15 pm on May 6 in a Neugereut district parking garage and forced her into a Volkswagen Golf. There they bound her hands and feet and covered her eyes with a blindfold.

From there they took her to a shed in Calw, some 33 kilometres from Stuttgart, where they tied her to a chair, leaving her overnight, the statement said.

The following morning they put the bound woman in a car boot and drove to an old guest house near Böblingen, where they provided food and told her the reason for the kidnapping.

But the woman turned out to be an employee of the bus company owner, and not a relative as the kidnappers thought.

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“After the suspects had to conclude they had the wrong person in their grip, they let her go the same day around 8:30 pm near Leonberg,” the police said, adding that the repo men took their captive’s cash and forced her to reveal her bank card PIN number first.

Police followed up with extensive investigation into both the victim's ordeal and her employer before finding and arresting the suspects, who are all German citizens.

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Your comments about this article

15:38 May 26, 2010 by berlinski
Collection agencies can do this if you don't pay your bills? Seems a bit heavy handed for dealing with unpaid Credit Card bills.
16:48 May 26, 2010 by beeker
sounds like a potential episode on Tatort or Law and Order (canceled) or one of its spinoffs. I thought all that German Repo Men did was haul out the hire purchase t.v., couch or dining room set.
17:53 May 26, 2010 by Prufrock2010
Great journalism. The story leaves the impression that the kidnapping would have been okay had they kidnapped a relative of the bus company owner rather than a mere employee. I don't get it.
23:44 May 26, 2010 by wxman
I'd represent this woman in a lawsuit in a minute, and I'm not even a lawyer! This one will be easy, and quite profitable.
01:19 May 27, 2010 by Prufrock2010
I am a lawyer, albeit only in California. My issue isn't civil liability, which is a given, but criminal liability. In other words, is it a cognizable defense in Germany that someone can actually kidnap a family member of a debtor with impunity in order to collect a debt? It is incomprehensible to me, and the story does nothing to explain that issue. This is obviously a rhetorical question, but the article seems to suggest otherwise.
11:29 May 27, 2010 by erdinger
who are all German citizens.

That is Germans who were probably trained in Moscow.
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