Editions:  Austria · Denmark · France · Germany · Italy · Norway · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland

Police catch teen who stole island's only car

Share this article

Police catch teen who stole island's only car
The car-free paradise of Langeoog. Photo: DPA
16:31 CET+01:00
Police on the car-free North Sea island of Langeoog were stunned to find themselves investigating a case of driving without a license.

One of the few vehicles on Langeoog - population 2,100 - is the local ambulance, which was stolen on the night of the 13th of February.

An unknown thief had lifted the keys for the vehicle and taken it for a short joyride before abandoning it.

But the culprit hadn't reckoned with the sharp-eyed island constabulary, who spotted evidence inside the car linking whoever 'borrowed' it to the theft of an iPhone in January.

Since they already had a suspect in that case, they had their colleagues in Esens, the closest town on the mainland, stop and search the 18-year-old - apparently far from a seasoned thief, as he turned out to have both the stolen iPhone and the missing ambulance keys on him.

Overcome with remorse - or possibly overawed by this display of detective work - the young man immediately confessed and offered to pay compensation for his crimes.

Since he was driving illegally as well as stealing, though, he will face an investigation for driving without a license.

"Even on Langeoog, you need a license" police said on Thursday.

Get notified about breaking news on The Local

Share this article

The Local is not responsible for content posted by users.
Become a Member or sign-in to leave a comment.

From our sponsors

Change the world with a master’s degree from Sweden’s Linköping University

Master’s students at world-leading Linköping University (LiU) aren’t there simply to study. They solve real-world problems alongside experts in fields that can create a better tomorrow. Do you have what it takes to join them?