Jewelry thief arrested after leaving name, address behind

Police in the Bavarian town of Obernburg had little trouble tracking down a woman who made off with valuables worth thousands of euros. According to a police report, the thief left her name and address with the store clerk before fleeing.

Jewelry thief arrested after leaving name, address behind
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The 38-year-old woman made her getaway after grabbing a tray filled with gold and silver jewelry from a glass case on Thursday afternoon. The total worth of the stolen goods was estimated at about €10,000.

But shortly before the theft occurred, the woman gave the store clerk a bracelet to have cleaned, whereby she provided her full name and even her address.

“Officers with the Obernburg Police had an easy job with the subsequent search,” a report posted Friday on the Bavarian police website said.

After the woman fled the shop, the store clerk informed police and provided them with a full description of the woman.

Shortly afterward, the woman was arrested. She was on her way home at the time. Though police seized some of the stolen jewelry from the woman’s car, she initially denied having robbed the store.

After a phone call with her lawyer, the woman confessed to the crime and led officers to the nearby community of Elsenfeld, where she had left the rest of the jewelry and watches.

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German jailed for life in double police murder

A German man was given a life sentence on Wednesday for shooting dead two police officers to escape being caught for illegal game hunting during a routine traffic check.

German jailed for life in double police murder

The regional court in Kaiserslautern found 39-year-old Andreas Schmitt guilty of the killings in January this year, which sent shockwaves across Germany.

His co-defendant, referred to by the court as Florian V., was found guilty of abetting illegal poaching.

The 33-year-old was in the car with Schmitt when the officers discovered dead game in the boot, investigators said.

“We are all to this day horrified that a supposed routine control could turn into a fatal incident,” Interior Minister Nancy Faeser said in a statement after the verdict.

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The victims were a 24-year-old woman police officer still in training and her colleague, a 29-year-old man.

The young woman was killed by a single shot to the head, while the man was shot four times, investigators said.

The officers were able to report that they were checking a suspicious vehicle and that shots were being fired before radio contact broke off.

When backup arrived, the woman was already dead and the man fatally injured. The perpetrators had fled the scene.

The crime in the Kusel district of Rhineland-Palatinate state triggered a major manhunt, with police deploying helicopters and sniffer dogs, sealing off roads and warning local residents not to pick up hitchhikers.