German police arrest 'shoe robber' suspect

13th July 2009, Comments 0 comments

The man was seized Saturday on suspicion of having committed a string of nine mysterious "shoe robberies" on female passers-by since 2008 in the western cities of Bonn and Cologne.

Berlin -- A German man accused of roaming the streets robbing women of their high-heeled shoes to fuel an apparent fetish has been arrested and detained, police said on Sunday.

"The 27-year-old was brought before the competent judge in the Bonn court, who approved his being remanded in custody ... he has been put under guard in jail in Bonn police station," according to a statement.

The man was seized Saturday on suspicion of having committed a string of nine mysterious "shoe robberies" on female passers-by since 2008 in the western cities of Bonn and Cologne.

He would sneak up behind his victims and push them to the ground before removing their shoes, police said.

He was eventually caught, not on foot, but in a car during a police check. "The wanted man was arrested on the street," police said.

The shoe-robber had since offered a "partial confession," the police statement added.

AFP/Expatica

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