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Suspected thief made police recruitment poster boy

The Local · 19 Dec 2011, 11:30

Published: 19 Dec 2011 11:30 GMT+01:00

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The man was one of four professional models to be used in a series of posters aimed at attracting new talent to the police force. The pictures were on display in train stations and underground stations across the northern German city and showed the suspected thief in full police uniform.

However, a passer-by soon recognised the man he believes stole money from him in August 2011, the Hamburger Abendblatt reported on Sunday.

The accused, whose name has not been released, denies all charges against him.

Hamburg police spokesman Mirko Streiber told the paper that the posters are now “being scrapped and the search for a new model is underway.”

Streiber added that “the sum of money that was allegedly stolen is believed to be relatively low.”

The Hamburg police stressed they had no indication the man was potentially a petty criminal before he was hired for the recruitment campaign.

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19:23 December 19, 2011 by raandy
Oh my goodness what ever are we do do , this is such a diaster !
08:29 December 20, 2011 by Englishted
Wait a minute, let me get this straight ,

: one passer- by believes it is him.

:He says it was not.

: All the posters are scraped

Guilty until proved innocent .

With this and other reports today ,I can't help thinking somewhere along the line the German justice system has gone off the rails.
17:16 December 20, 2011 by showtyd75
19:35 December 21, 2011 by mikel taylor
Why were they using models aren't their any good looking real cops in Hamburg. Is it really important that cops look like models shouldn't they be recruited to show they are ordinary people.

Taking down the posters is a waste of money and time,.

Next time Mr. Streiber you should think and do your homework.
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