BERLINER KURIER
Founded in 1949, the Berliner Kurier is a regional, daily tabloid published by the Berliner Verlag GmbH for the Berlin metropolitan area in Germany.
Society
Bertrand Hauger

Snacking Burglar Betrayed By Sausage Bite Nine Years Later

The proof, this time around, was not in the proverbial pudding. It was in the sausage.

As daily Berliner Kurier reports, police this week said they have identified the culprit in a 2012 break-in that happened in the western German town of Gevelsberg after the man's DNA was found on a piece of sausage he'd left behind.

Nine years ago, there had been no match when the half-chewed piece of forensic evidence was originally put through for analysis. But this week, after a 30-year-old native of Albania was arrested in France, a standard cross-check of international DNA databases matched him to the (long) leftover bit of sausage in Germany.

Although French police released the suspect, German authorities say they will reopen the cold case of burglary in Gevelsberg.

Oddly enough, this is not the first time German police report a hungry burglar's appetite coming back to bite him in den Arsch. According to German news website Der Westen, in February 2015 in Ansbach, a man who broke into a grocery store was snacking on sausage during his crime, leading to his arrest a couple of months later based on the DNA found in a meaty bite left behind.

It only goes to prove that, in Germany at least, some burglars really are the wurst.

Geopolitics

The Latest: 50 Dead In Myanmar, Merkel's Defeat, Beyonce's Crowning

Welcome to Monday, where Myanmar's death toll keeps rising, more countries suspend AstraZeneca vaccine and Beyoncé makes Grammy history. Le Monde takes us to northern Morocco where the closure of the border with the Spanish enclave of Ceuta has led to the collapse of an entire ecosystem.

• Myanmar's deadliest day: Myanmar's junta imposed martial law Monday across more districts of the capital city Yangon following the deadliest day of the protests since the coup began, with some 50 fatalities.

• More AstraZeneca doubts: Ireland and the Netherlands become the latest countries to suspend the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine over possible side effect concerns, even as a new UK study says the jab does not cause blood clots.

Merkel's party suffers big losses: German Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU party has suffered clear defeats in two key regional elections, as the Green Party and the center-left SPD perform well ahead of national elections in September to pick Merkel's successor.

• Danone CEO forced out: Emmanuel Faber, an unorthodox corporate chief, has been ousted from his positions as Danone's CEO and chairman of the board under pressure from shareholders amid decreasing sales at the French food giant.

Sandstorm hits Beijing: China's capital is choking on yellow dust and sand as the worst sandstorm in a decade sweeps over the city.

Marvelous Marvin Hagler dies: U.S. boxing legend Marvin Hagler died "unexpectedly" Saturday at his home in New Hampshire at age 66.

Beyoncé"s Grammy record: U.S. singer Beyoncé sets a new record at the Grammy Awards with a 28th win, making her the most-awarded woman in the event's history, overtaking country singer Alison Krauss.

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