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Police Stop Sale of Armored Personnel Carrier

German police seized a 10-ton armored personnel carrier that two men had put up for auction online, according to a Reuters report. "The men bought the tank from the Greek army and brought it to Germany. They were evidently looking to turn a profit," said a police spokesman in the state of Hesse. The 7.2 meter long (24.5 foot) amphibious Russian BTR 60, found in the town of Raunheim, no longer had guns but was still fully armor-plated, which meant it violated German law. The Greek and German owners had to breach the armor to render it useless for combat and then proceeded with the sale, fetching 8,550 euros ($11,000). They are being investigated for possibly violating weapons laws. The APC can be driven on German roads with a proper permit.