German thief falls asleep on the job

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A tiny mistake has been the undoing of many a clever crook, but unlike an alleged robber arrested in Germany, most manage not to fall asleep at the scene of the crime.

The 26-year-old man broke into a career advice centre in the western town of Ahaus on Tuesday night and completed several trips taking electronics, food and sweets back to his flat, a police spokesman told AFP on Thursday.

But the effort was clearly too strenuous for the man. Returning to the scene of the crime for more swag, he fell asleep on an office floor where police found him still snoozing the next morning.

"Handcuffs were slapped on and the sleepy burglar was taken to Ahaus police station," authorities said. He was found to be under the influence of alcohol and drugs and was later released on bail.

© 2010 AFP

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