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Stupid Case File for September 10, 2005

Steal It ... Then Sell It ... Back to Original Owner?!?

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A German thief stole a man's in-car navigation system and unwittingly auctioned it online back to his victim, who had police arrest him, authorities said Wednesday.

Police in Berlin said the 26-year-old victim spotted the device on an Internet auction site and quickly re-acquired what he had reported stolen from his car some two weeks previously.

He informed police, who went to the thief's house posing as the buyers and then arrested the 21-year-old.

"I think the thief got a bit of a surprise," said a Berlin police spokesman, adding the man confessed to the theft.


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