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Police catch serial burglar - by his earprints

The Local · 30 Apr 2012, 08:49

Published: 30 Apr 2012 08:49 GMT+02:00

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The 33-year-old man has been in custody since being arrested after a December 2011 break-in. Police in the port city of Hamburg said on Sunday they had evidence to tie him to 96 break-ins and break-in attempts between July 2009 and July 2011.

The man stole jewellery, cash and electronic appliances, and is said to have caused a total of €500,000 in damages, but he made one fatal error: he reportedly left ear-prints on the doors while listening to see whether anyone was in.

The police said ear-prints are almost as unique as fingerprints, and so are almost as important as evidence, but they have the advantage of being rarer. Most crime-scenes are covered with fingerprints of innocents people.

Police added that they also have fingerprints and DNA evidence from various burglary scenes linking them to the man.


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10:16 April 30, 2012 by The-ex-pat
Ear today...jail tomorrow..........................
16:42 April 30, 2012 by Englishted

You are waxing lyrical today.
09:20 May 1, 2012 by Sayer
It's interesting that this is here today. Just for fun, go and dig out a few photos of Osama bin Laden, where his ear is shown. There are many online. Then go and dig out the photo of the old guy watching TV, that Obama et al said they got last year. Check the ear prints....they're not the same.

The ears have it. OBL was not the guy killed last year. Like I said, just for fun.....
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