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Historic locomotives disappear from museum

The Local · 2 Nov 2010, 15:16

Published: 02 Nov 2010 15:16 GMT+01:00

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A spokeswoman for the Deutsches Technikmuseum denied that the two locomotives had been stolen, saying that had been properly picked up “as a favour” for storage in a museum depot.

But then Berlin police reported that two engines and a train car had been swiped from the museum. In a statement they entitled “A train to nowhere,” they said the three museum pieces had been missing since October 27, before which they had been on display outside the building on loan.

A member of a train enthusiast association filed a report after he arrived to pick up the locomotives yesterday evening to have a museum official tell him that another man had claimed them, saying they were to be sold. Police said the man then used nearby tracks to drive them away towards the neighbouring state of Brandenburg with the help of a train conductor.

According to news agency DAPD, there may be a dispute between the two men over who owns the locomotives.

A police spokesman told the agency that officers have yet to locate the engines and they have opened an investigation for theft.

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18:20 November 2, 2010 by storymann
This will be difficult,,like trying to find a needle in a hay stack.
21:17 November 2, 2010 by Fatz Lewinski
True Story: My father used to be a policeman. His first case was one of handling stolen goods. He asked the fella if he'd been arrested before. Yes was the reply. So up came the file - turns out the guy had previously stolen a Vulcan bomber with the idea of selling the scrap metal!
15:42 November 6, 2010 by gtappend
If they were on loan, surely the museum must have some documentation about who loaned them?

So why just give them out to the first person who comes along saying "I've come to collect..."?
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