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Janitor steals 25 tonnes of stationery

The Local · 3 Apr 2012, 08:54

Published: 03 Apr 2012 08:54 GMT+02:00

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As well as ordinary office supplies, the 69-year-old man collected cleaning materials, dozens of brooms and brushes, toilet paper, whole rolls of paper towels, aluminium boxes and ladders.

He filled his living room with his haul, and when that was full, stuffed his cellar, storerooms and a garden shed full of the stolen stationery and supllies. Initial estimates have valued the accumulated booty in the six figure region, but he apparently had no intention of selling it.

According to a report in the Bild newspaper, the janitor worked for the Stuttgart city authorities for several decades until he retired in 2007. The police were only alerted to his thefts by an anonymous tip.

Officers have now begun the arduous task of cataloguing the material and returning it to the city council. Much of it is said to be as good new, though it is thought that the statute of limitations may have come into effect for some of the thefts.

It remains unclear what drove the caretaker to the serial pilfering spree, but he is not expected to be arrested, as he is not expected to go on the run - and some of his crimes have come under the statute of limitations.

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10:55 April 3, 2012 by thomass66
I was wondering where my stapler was, never suspected the cleaning guy just thought it was one of my co-workers, damn :-(
11:36 April 3, 2012 by Baynik
They should "erase" the charges and give him a "blank paper" to start his life over!
23:27 April 3, 2012 by wood artist
On the plus side, it appears like they'll get everything back, and most of that never really goes out of style. If he snitched stamps they might be below the current rates, but...a broom is pretty much a broom, regardless of age.

How do you charge this guy? Clearly he's not stealing for profit, so it's really more likely some sort of "mental issue." He didn't use the stuff...perhaps beyond what he needed at home, and given he filled the place, he probably didn't do much "cleaning." He needs help, but I doubt any "jail time" is going to make him better.

Truly sad, but I hope the courts can find a way to help him with the real problem.

00:42 April 4, 2012 by beeker
Have to feel sorry for him, but look on the lighter side, at least he didn't risk his and his neighbors health by pilfering from the break room refrigerator.
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