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From robber to robbed

Date 20 Jun 2007
Author The Editor
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A would-be German thief went from predator to prey when he tried to mug a taxi driver but ended up having his own wallet snatched instead. After the 20-year-old stole the driver's wallet, a scuffle broke out between the two, in which the cabbie not only recovered his property but also took his attacker's wallet, police in the western town of Aldenhoven told Reuters yesterday.

The driver then locked himself in his taxi and called the police, who were amazed to find the mugger waiting patiently for them on the kerb next to the vehicle when they arrived.

A police spokesman said: "He wanted his wallet back."

After taking the man in for questioning, police released him and returned his wallet. He faces charges for attempted robbery.

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