German janitor took 27 tons of supplies

April 3, 2012 at 2:27 PM

STUTTGART, Germany, April 3 (UPI) -- Police in Germany said a janitor who admitted to stealing more than 27 tons of office supplies over the course of several decades likely won't be arrested.

Stuttgart authorities said the 69-year-old janitor admitted to taking office items and cleaning supplies from city buildings during the decades leading up to his 2007 retirement, The Local reported Tuesday.

Officers said they learned of the pilfering from an anonymous tip and the man admitted to the thefts and showed police the items, which he kept at his apartment.

Police were cataloging the items and plan to return them to the city council. They said the janitor is unlikely to be arrested as he admitted the thefts, is considered unlikely to flee and is protected from prosecution in many of the thefts by the statute of limitations.

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