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His job was to catch thieves in Cologne’s Karstadt. A 47-year-old was really good at that too. But then his debts grew over his head. To get more money, he blackmailed thieves he had caught in the department store. That brought him several years in jail on Tuesday (June 29th) in front of the regional court.

  • Trial before the Cologne district court
  • Shop detective charged in Cologne
  • The verdict was passed on Tuesday (June 29)

Before the 20th Grand Criminal Chamber, the shop detective was sentenced to three years and three months in prison. A co-accused 31-year-old received one and a half years probation. The trial began on June 14th.

Cologne shop detective (47) in court: thieves caught and then blackmailed

According to the indictment, the 47-year-old and the co-defendant discovered shoplifting in several dozen cases in Karstadt in Cologne from January to November 2018, but did not pillory the suspects.

Instead, they put pressure on the people to pay them several hundred euros in cash so that they would not file a criminal complaint. The defendants are said to have kept the cash as well as the stolen goods to themselves.

Fieser Schmu in Cologne department store: “Delinquents” had to go into the cellar

The 47-year-old was considered the main suspect. As security property manager, all the shoplifters caught were “shown” in his office in the basement. These then first had to pay a processing fee of 100 euros. But it did not stop.

On July 2, 2018, the defendants are said to have demanded 1,000 euros from a woman who stole a blouse worth 39 euros. Because she only had 140 euros with her, she was charged with paying 800 euros later – her ID card should have been collected as security.

Another alleged shoplifter who was caught by the defendants together with her young son in February 2018 was charged with 1,500 euros. She could only pay 400 euros, should pay off the rest. If she does not pay, she is said to have been threatened, they would see to it that her son is taken away from her.

At the start of the trial, the 47-year-old main defendant had made a confession. He said he hadn’t got out of his debt. (iri)

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