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Thief caught selling phone back to victim

A pickpocket was left feeling stupid at the weekend after he tried to sell a mobile phone back to the woman he had stolen it from - and was promptly arrested.

Thief caught selling phone back to victim
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The 24-year-old pickpocket stole a €700 iPhone out of a woman's handbag at the main train station in Düsseldorf on Saturday night – but immediately forgot what she looked like.

The victim, 22, rang the police to report the incident, giving officers a detailed description of the thief, wrote the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung on Monday.

But just an hour later, she encountered her assailant again on a nearby street trying to make some quick cash. Not recognizing the woman, he tried to sell her phone back to her for just €60.

Together with her boyfriend, the woman seized the phone back from the pickpocket and took it straight to police in the train station.

There she gave officers another description of the thief and officers were able to apprehend him not long after, wandering around the station.

When police tried to arrest the man he grew aggressive and ended up spending the night in a police cell.

Police have charged the man with theft and handling stolen goods. 

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GERMANY AND ISRAEL

Germany in talks on further payout for 1972 Olympics victims

The German government says it is in talks over further compensation for victims of the attack on the Munich Olympics, as the 50th anniversary of the atrocity approaches.

Germany in talks on further payout for 1972 Olympics victims

Ahead of the commemoration in September, relatives of the Israelis killed have indicated they are unhappy with what Germany is offering.

“Conversations based on trust are taking place with representatives of the victims’ families,” a German interior ministry spokesman told AFP when asked about the negotiations.

He did not specify who would benefit or how much money had been earmarked, saying only that any package would “again” be financed by the federal government, the state of Bavaria and the city of Munich.

On September 5th, 1972, eight gunmen broke into the Israeli team’s flat at the Olympic village, shooting dead two and taking nine Israelis hostage, threatening to kill them unless 232 Palestinian prisoners were released.

West German police responded with a bungled rescue operation in which all nine hostages were killed, along with five of the eight hostage-takers and a police officer.

An armed police officer in a tracksuit secures the block where terrorists  held Israeli hostages at the Olympic Village in Munich on 5th September 1972.

An armed police officer in a tracksuit secures the block where terrorists held Israeli hostages at the Olympic Village in Munich on 5th September 1972. Photo: picture alliance / dpa | Horst Ossingert

The spokeswoman for the victims’ families, Ankie Spitzer, told the German media group RND that the amount currently on the table was “insulting” and threatened a boycott of this year’s commemorations.

She said Berlin was offering a total of €10 million including around €4.5 million already provided in compensation between 1972 and 2002 — an amount she said did not correspond to international standards. 

“We are angry and disappointed,” said Spitzer, the widow of fencing coach Andre Spitzer who was killed in the attack. “We never wanted to talk publicly about money but now we are forced to.”

RND reported that the German and Israeli governments would like to see an accord by August 15th.

The interior ministry spokesman said that beyond compensation, Germany intended to use the anniversary for fresh “historical appraisal, remembrance and recognition”.

He said this would include the formation of a commission of German and Israeli historians to “comprehensively” establish what happened “from the perspective of the year 2022”.

This would lead to “an offer of further acts of acknowledgement of the relatives of the victims of the attack” and the “grave consequences” they suffered.

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