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World's wurst burglar: half-eaten sausage helps German police solve nine-year-old burglary


German police say they have solved a nine-year-old burglary case after DNA found on a half-eaten piece of sausage matched that of a man detained in France over an unrelated crime.

Police in the western town of Schwelm said on Thursday the sausage belonged to the victim, and the suspect – a 30-year-old Albanian citizen – appeared to have helped himself to a bite during the break-in in Gevelsberg in March 2012.

Officers from the Nordrhein-Westfalen force said in a statement the DNA pattern did not produce a direct hit at the time but that automatic comparisons with international databases led to a link later on.

The connection was made after French police took a DNA sample from a man involved in a violent crime that matched the burglary sample, alerting investigators.

It was not clear what type of sausage – known in Germany as wurst – the burglar had nibbled, though police said it was a hard variety.

However, the statute of limitations on the burglary has expired, meaning the suspect is unlikely to be extradited to Germany. Schwelm police said the suspect remains free.

With Associated Press.



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