Unknown perpetrators made off with 80 Christmas trees that were being stored in an empty department store over the weekend. Police estimate that the trees were worth over €1,000.
More than 80 Christmas trees were stolen over the weekend in Gelsenkirchen, in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
The trees were kept in a disused department store and were meant for a variety of local businesses. They were worth more than €1,000 ($1,100), according to the police report.
Police described the incident, which occurred overnight on Saturday, as "extraordinary."
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Authorities were at a loss to explain how the thieves could have transported the bulky trees. They said the thieves' identities remained unknown.