Despite being away, Munich man catches burglars by using smartphone

Police in Munich were able to catch two burglars in the act when the man whose house they broke into observed the break-in using his smartphone.

Despite being away, Munich man catches burglars by using smartphone
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The 37-year-old house owner used webcams to send live footage to his mobile phone while he was on the move, police reported on Thursday.

When he left the house on Wednesday shortly after midday he noticed a man acting suspiciously who seemed to be checking out houses in his neighbourhood of Bogenhausen.

When he viewed the live cams via his smartphone, he noticed that two men had climbed a scaffolding and had broken into his house through a window. He then observed as they searched for loot in his bedroom.

He immediately called the police who were able to arrest the men at the scene of the crime.

Officers also found a handwritten list on the two men with the addresses of other houses in the neighbourhood.


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.

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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.