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Germany's most wanted criminal collared

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Germany's most wanted criminal collared
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08:34 CET+01:00
Germany's most wanted violent criminal Thomas Feldhofer was finally captured on Sunday near the northern coastal town of Lübeck. He had been on the run for several months after a series of armed robberies.

According to state prosecution spokesman Alexander Bartle, Feldhofer stole a car in Hamburg on Saturday. “That sparked a new investigation,” said Bartle. Information offered by the general public is said to have led to the arrest.

Feldhofer reportedly hijacked a car on Saturday evening in Hamburg, when he held a gun to the head of a 41-year-old man who had stopped at a red light. Police were finally able to arrest him following a car chase on Sunday.

Police throughout Europe have been searching for Feldhofer since he spectacularly escaped them in the state of Hesse several months ago. In December 2011 he is said to have hijacked a bus and robbed all its passengers.

He is also thought to have several robbed banks, petrol stations and shops throughout the country.

According to media reports, investigators were consistently taken aback by the speed with which he could travel around the country. He is said to have stolen or hijacked several cars as getaway vehicles.

Feldhofer already served seven years in prison between 2001 and 2008 for eight bank robberies.

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