Would-be taxi robber hands himself in to police

29th September 2005, Comments 0 comments

29 September 2005, BERLIN - "Greasy greenhorn had a gun for the taxi robbery, but left his brains at home," the Berliner Kurier tabloid reported Thursday after a would-be robber captured on camera turned himself in to police.

29 September 2005

BERLIN - "Greasy greenhorn had a gun for the taxi robbery, but left his brains at home," the Berliner Kurier tabloid reported Thursday after a would-be robber captured on camera turned himself in to police.

A day earlier, a picture of the bespectacled young man, with slicked-back hair and an earring, was plastered across the paper's front page. He was pointing a gun at the head of a 46-year-old taxi driver.

The paper quoted the driver as saying the man had gotten into his taxi with an accomplice late Tuesday night, and that they had chatted amiably about the electronic gadgets in the vehicle, including how the security camera worked.

When the passengers reached their destination, the accomplice got out, and the man pulled a gun and demanded money.

The driver said he resisted and hit his horn repeatedly, causing the would-be robber to flee empty-handed.

On the same day the pictures appeared, the Kurier reported, the man went to police and said that although he looked exactly like the gunman, he was not the one. He later confessed.

The paper said about 100 of Berlin's approximately 6,500 taxis were equipped with security cameras, which together cost about EUR 1,250 including installation.

DPA

Subject: German news

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