German police quiz Pete Doherty over music shop theft

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British rocker Pete Doherty has been questioned by police in Germany on suspicion of smashing a music shop window and stealing a guitar, an official said on Friday.

Authorities in the picturesque southern city of Regensburg said the musician and two alleged accomplices were suspected of theft and breaking and entering, offences which carry jail terms of between three months and 10 years.

The former Libertines and Babyshambles frontman's hotel room was searched but he was not in custody, a spokesman for Regensburg police in Bavaria said. He has not been charged.

Police questioned Doherty and a 35-year-old man from Berlin on Thursday -- the third person having left town -- and they admitted being in the town centre in the early hours of Tuesday morning when the alleged incident occurred, the authorities said.

"On the way home after consuming, they said, enormous quantities of alcohol ... one of the trio hit and smashed the window of the music shop, but without intending to break and enter," police said in a statement.

"As far as what happened immediately afterwards, both said that they could not remember because of their enormous alcohol consumption."

The guitar was found abandoned near a church in central Regensburg, as was a record sleeve that was also stolen. The unnamed record, however, had vanished.

Contacted by AFP, an employee in the "Shadillac" shop said the guitar was worth between 250 and 300 euros ($345-415).

Doherty is currently in Germany filming "Confession of a Child of the Century" based on the 1836 book by French author Alfred de Musset together with French actress and musician Charlotte Gainsbourg.

© 2011 AFP

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