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Berlin police capture five men who stole from public toilets

Five men are suspected of breaking into as many as 500 paid-entry public toilets in Berlin to steal change.

A public toilet in Berlin

The gang broke into hundreds of Berlin's public toilets in pursuit of pocket change

Berlin police said Friday they had arrested five men who have repeatedly broken open public toilets and stolen money from their coin boxes.

It costs €0.50 ($0.57) to use the public facilities in the German capital.

Police have registered almost 500 toilet break-ins since December.

They declined to say how much money had been stolen.

Caught red-handed

Three men believed to be behind the bizarre crime wave were caught in the act on Wednesday.

"Numerous coins were found with them, which were confiscated as suspected stolen goods," the police said in a statement.

Police have also confiscated the men's tools, including screwdrivers.

Police later arrested another two men suspected of involvement in the toilet raids. They had even more coins in their possession.

The police investigation is continuing.

In 2020, the number of property damage crimes rose 6.3% year-on-year to more than 46,700 cases, police data showed.

lo/sms (Reuters)