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Germany’s most wanted criminal collared

The Local · 20 Feb 2012, 08:34

Published: 20 Feb 2012 08:34 GMT+01:00

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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.

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

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10:49 February 20, 2012 by JenDigs
"investigators were consistently taken aback by the speed with which he could travel around the country"

Hee-hee.... when the lower end of the speed limit on major motorways is 120 and there are no police cruisers on the roads, what else can you expect?
12:11 February 20, 2012 by raandy
Congrats to the police , only a seven month crime spree within the boundaries of Germany.
15:47 February 20, 2012 by catjones
@raandy...not to mention it wasn't the police who caught him. Hijacking a bus is almost like hijacking a train which is almost like hijacking a police station. What more does one have to do to get caught? Answer: hijack a donut shop.
16:57 February 20, 2012 by Lisa Rusbridge
Uh-oh -- they've accidentally given the criminal's last name!

>>"According to media reports, investigators were consistently taken aback by the speed with which he could travel around the country"

That statement made me laugh. Germany is smaller than the state of Montana with a very dense population and all the infrastructure for such a population in place. Why on earth would someone being mobile throughout the country, especially if they are a criminal on the run, be surprising? I would assume it would be expected.
20:07 February 20, 2012 by zeddriver
Feldhofer already served seven years in prison between 2001 and 2008 for eight bank robberies.

Seems he should have been doing a lot more time than that for eight bank robberies. Seven month crime spree ought to net about six weeks in The German system. Or possibly a health spa then hartz IV for life to entice him to not rob to obtain money.
19:52 February 21, 2012 by raandy
catjones, thats good thats real good lol
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