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World’s worst burglar locks himself in house

A would-be burglar in Bonn called the police on himself in the early hours of Saturday – after getting locked inside the house he was trying to loot.

World's worst burglar locks himself in house
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The 43-year-old tried to rob a family home in the west German town of Bonn, police said in a press release.

Having failed to break open the front door, the man clambered over a garden gate and entered the house through a set of patio doors, police reported.

During his raid he grabbed a Notebook and mobile phone, as well as some snacks for the journey home.

Not content with this haul, he then made for the storeroom.

But when he got there the doors slammed shut behind him – and due to a fault, could not be opened from inside.

After desperate attempts to free himself, the man finally called the police to come to his aid.

Officers rescued the sheepish burglar from the storeroom, before arresting him.

The man is already known to police in connection with past burglaries.

After officers had finished their inquiries, he was released in agreement with Bonn state prosecution. An investigation into the incident continues.

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German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

A 50-year-old German man was jailed for life Tuesday for shooting dead a petrol station cashier because he was angry about being told to wear a mask while buying beer.

German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

The September 2021 murder in the western town of Idar-Oberstein shocked Germany, which saw a vocal anti-mask and anti-vaccine movement emerge in response to the government’s coronavirus restrictions.

The row started when 20-year-old student worker Alex W. asked the man to put on a mask inside the shop, as required in all German stores at the time.

After a brief argument, the man left.

The perpetrator – identified only as Mario N. – returned about an hour and a half later, this time wearing a mask. But as he bought his six-pack of beer to the till, he took off his mask and another argument ensued.

He then pulled out a revolver and shot the cashier in the head point-blank.

On Tuesday, the district court in Bad-Kreuznach convicted Mario N. of murder and unlawful possession of a firearm, and handed him a life sentence.

READ ALSO: Shock in Germany after cashier shot dead in Covid mask row

Under German law, people given a life sentence can usually seek parole after 15 years. His defence team had sought a sentence of manslaughter, rather than murder.

At the start of the trial, prosecutor Nicole Frohn told how Mario N. had felt increasingly angry about the measures imposed to curb the pandemic, seeing them as an infringement on his rights.

“Since he knew he couldn’t reach the politicians responsible, he decided to kill him (Alex W.),” she said.

Mario N. turned himself in to police the day after the shooting.

German has relaxed most of its coronavirus rules, although masks are still required in some settings, such as public transport.

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