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Stupid Case File for July 9, 2007

Not a dummy, eh?

Courtesy of Spiegel Online

A burglar tried to pretend to be a showroom dummy when he was caught in the act robbing a clothing store. Sharp-witted police noticed that the 48-year-old man was not in fact a real female mannequin.

There are some tricks that work fabulously in the movies, but less well in real life, as a German burglar discovered to his cost when he attempted to pose as a showroom dummy to escape detection. The stratagem, which has saved dozens of heroes in popular culture, did not succeed, and the wannabe mannequin was arrested.

The burglar had broken into a clothing store in the town of Menden in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia during the early hours of Wednesday morning, police reported Thursday.

A passer-by noticed a tell-tale open window and informed the police, who came and searched the store but were unable to find the thief at first.

However a closer inspection of one of the showroom windows revealed that one of the female dummies was not actually made of plastic but was in fact a live man dressed in women's clothing. Instead of fleeing from the store, the 48-year-old burglar had tried to fool the cops by slipping into a suitable outfit and standing motionless in the window next to several genuine mannequins. The hapless thief gave himself up without a fight, police said.


Blogger JR's Thumbprints said...

At my prison facility, we had an inmate that actually fell in love with a mannequin, not once, not twice, but three times. He'd steal them from the department store. I couldn't help asking my coworkers whether it would be cheaper to buy him his own mannequin instead of locking him up. Their response: "It couldn't be just any old mannequin. He'd have to fall in love with, and love has no boundaries."

July 11, 2007 6:05 PM  
Blogger NeoAuteur said...

What an interesting account! At least he almost got away.

July 20, 2007 6:40 PM  
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