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Wave of toilet stall door thefts hits Brandenburg

Motorists taking a bathroom break at a rest stop in Brandenburg might not get much privacy these days. Thieves made off with 22 stainless-steel toilet stall doors within a few days and, up to now, police are clueless.

Wave of toilet stall door thefts hits Brandenburg
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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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German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

A 50-year-old German man was jailed for life Tuesday for shooting dead a petrol station cashier because he was angry about being told to wear a mask while buying beer.

German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

The September 2021 murder in the western town of Idar-Oberstein shocked Germany, which saw a vocal anti-mask and anti-vaccine movement emerge in response to the government’s coronavirus restrictions.

The row started when 20-year-old student worker Alex W. asked the man to put on a mask inside the shop, as required in all German stores at the time.

After a brief argument, the man left.

The perpetrator – identified only as Mario N. – returned about an hour and a half later, this time wearing a mask. But as he bought his six-pack of beer to the till, he took off his mask and another argument ensued.

He then pulled out a revolver and shot the cashier in the head point-blank.

On Tuesday, the district court in Bad-Kreuznach convicted Mario N. of murder and unlawful possession of a firearm, and handed him a life sentence.

READ ALSO: Shock in Germany after cashier shot dead in Covid mask row

Under German law, people given a life sentence can usually seek parole after 15 years. His defence team had sought a sentence of manslaughter, rather than murder.

At the start of the trial, prosecutor Nicole Frohn told how Mario N. had felt increasingly angry about the measures imposed to curb the pandemic, seeing them as an infringement on his rights.

“Since he knew he couldn’t reach the politicians responsible, he decided to kill him (Alex W.),” she said.

Mario N. turned himself in to police the day after the shooting.

German has relaxed most of its coronavirus rules, although masks are still required in some settings, such as public transport.

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