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A Criminal with a Conscience?

A thief in Koblenz makes away with a laptop computer but then suffers from a guilty conscience after the store clerk injures himself trying to capture him. He then does something unusual for a robber.


Quick! There's been a robbery

So, you're a petty cat burglar on the prowl. You walk into a phone store and see the perfect opportunity to snatch a brand new laptop computer. The salesman steps away from the showroom floor and you wrap your arms around the prize, stash the loot and make your great escape.

But there's a problem: the clerk sees you and starts to run after you. After a couple of feet, he trips and you hear a blood curdling scream. You look back and the guy is nursing a broken arm. So what do you do? If you're the robber in Koblenz that this happened to on Thursday, you go back, apologize to the clerk, see if he's okay, give him back the computer, perform your second great escape and then make headlines. That, folks, is crime made in Koblenz.

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