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Wave of toilet stall door thefts hits Brandenburg

The Local · 30 Jul 2011, 13:22

Published: 30 Jul 2011 13:22 GMT+02:00

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The thieves hit five rest stops in eastern Brandenburg along the A12 and A10 motorways, stealing the custom-made doors that cost around €2,000 a piece.

"We have no knowledge about the guilty party or the location of the doors," said spokesman Detlef Lüben of the Oder-Spree police jurisdiction.

While police suspect the doors were stolen to be used elsewhere, Gabi Jentzsch from door manufacturer Hering Bau thinks otherwise. She said the culprits probably plan to sell the doors as scrap metal, especially since stainless steel goes for about €1,420 per tonne these days.

However, she added, the thieves might well get an unpleasant surprise when they discover the doors they stole have stainless steel exteriors. The cores are made up of insulating material. It's unlikely scrap dealers will pay much for them.

She said the theft of stainless-steel furnishings is not rare, especially from places that are not closely monitored, such as rest stops.

"I've never heard of a case that culprits have been caught or that their booty has been recovered," she said.

While in the end, the thieves won't be walking away with that much money, tax payers are certainly going to be picking up the bill. Police said total damages resulting from the door thefts, which will be paid by the federal government, are estimated at €110,000.

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10:19 July 31, 2011 by Landmine
Prolly some old Osti who is starting up a gas station on a shoestring budget took them....
22:24 July 31, 2011 by expatriarch
Holy !@#$ !!! ~$3,000 per door ??? I understand they are made of stainless steel, and I am sure they are nice, and I am sure they keep well and stay clean and don't rust with all the heavy use; but come on! You can't tell me that you can't make a simple hinged, simple locking stainless steel door for less than $1,000 installed!

Sometimes I wish that Germans would gain, just a smidgen of the rabid micro-management compulsion that Americans have; maybe a healthy amount. Where in the USA there are millions of fools who think they should also be putting in their uninformed nonsensical stupid mental garbage; in Germany, it seems, people just let the Government run things without much doubt or question and they just get by blowing $3,000 per door on a road-side throne. They couldn't have spend $3,000 on a single camera recording high quality video of the entrance on a 5 day rolling basis??? Ugh That's what you get when fiscally numb bureaucrats have no sense of real world considerations.
16:22 August 1, 2011 by Joe Wutbürger
I thought there was always a sad-faced lady sitting at the exit with a saucerful of small change.

Also, I suppose the Autobahnpolizie wouldn't especially notice a beaten up East European truck heavily overloaded with sh*thaus doors weaving eastwards either.

I guess a CTV camera strategically covering every trap would be the answer!. Very popular in Germany, those;-}
03:53 August 2, 2011 by hanskarl
Perhaps they are short of beds in the prisons and this was an easy way of acquiring some extras.
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