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Thief in Kassel saws down tree in effort to steal €2,000 bike

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Thief in Kassel saws down tree in effort to steal €2,000 bike
Illustrative image of a bike locked to a tree. Photo: DPA

A yet unknown thief used a saw to cut down a tree at the weekend in the central German city of Kassel in order to steal an expensive mountain bike.

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The 28-year-old owner of the bike had locked it to a tree at Kassel’s Friedrichsplatz on Friday only to notice it had disappeared we he returned to it on Tuesday.

But it wasn’t just the bike which was missing. A significant portion of the tree was missing too.

The tree was 13-years-old and had a circumference of 50 centimetres, a police spokesperson said on Thursday.

Based on how the stump looked, the perpetrator must have had a good idea of how to professionally fell the tree so that it fell in the right direction, the Hessische/Niedersächsische Allgemeine (HNA) reported on Wednesday.

According to the environmental administrative office, damage to the tree amounts to €5,000.

The 28-year-old coughed up €2,200 for the bike when he purchased it in 2015.

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