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Woman may be 'grounded' after copious coffee theft

The Local · 3 Nov 2011, 11:51

Published: 03 Nov 2011 11:51 GMT+01:00

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The 60-year-old Olga H., who has previously been convicted of smuggling cigarettes, was indicted this week by a Munich court for allegedly swiping 2,398 jars of Nescafé Gold coffee from local discount supermarkets Lidl, Penny and Netto, according to the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

In most cases she stole 10 jars which retail for about €8. But she occasionally took 12 or more, the newspaper reported.

She made more than €19,000 by taking them to sell in the Czech Republic, authorities have charged.

The woman was caught by a store detective in Gröbenzell, a town of about 19,000 inhabitants near Munich.

She admitted the thefts in court but said she was only trying to help her drug-addicted sons, the Süddeutsche reported.

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16:30 November 3, 2011 by Englishted
Throw her in the can.
22:59 November 3, 2011 by finanzdoktor
Help her drug-addicted sons. How? By purchasing the drugs for them from her ill gotten gains. Great example for the kids.
09:10 November 4, 2011 by DoubleDTown
so even if she took 12 cans each time, that's 200 incidents of theft. How many of those could the store detectives have possibly observed? So my question, how many of the 200 incidents were unprovable but she voluntarily told the police about? Maybe she was on drugs too. Perhaps caffeine?
09:58 November 4, 2011 by Simon_Kellett
> So my question, how many of the 200 incidents were unprovable but she voluntarily told the police about?

Typically if you get caught you confess to all other related incidents: the punishment is usually the same, and it avoids the risk of being prosecuted later for these other crimes. (Additionally it may clear your conscience, the police may get better clearup stats, and maybe the supermarkets can claim more on their insurance ?)
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