June 25, 2009 / 5:30 PM / 10 years ago

Thief nabbed selling stolen mower to owner

BERLIN (Reuters) - A thief in Germany was arrested after he tried to sell a garden mower online to the man he had stolen it from, police said Wednesday.

“The owner went to inspect the goods and recognized the mower as his own,” said a spokesman for police in the southern town of Tuebingen. “Then he left and told police.”

Officers confronted the 46-year-old suspect, who confessed to stealing the mower from a shed in February. He later put it for sale on internet auction site eBay, the spokesman said.

Reporting by Dave Graham, editing by Mark Trevelyan

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