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Hildesheim city worker pockets thousands of euros by emptying parking meters

A city worker in Germany has been arrested for allegedly stealing tens of thousands of euros from parking machines. The man was apprehended by police while loading 1,000 euros ($1,060) in coins into his car.

The 48-year-old city worker was arrested in the German city of Hildesheim on Tuesday following an anonymous tip that he had been emptying parking machines and siphoning the money over more than two years.

While the total damage is difficult to estimate, authorities said they calculated that the city's coffers had suffered a loss of around 21,000 euros in the first three months of this year alone.

Police also disclosed that a sniffer dog had uncovered more than 15,000 euros in cash during a raid of suspect's apartment.

The detained city worker reportedly confirmed the extent of his crimes as he was questioned by police. 

dm/kms (AP, dpa)

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