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High speed highway heists baffle police

(The Local) A new motorway theft phenomena – opening a truck’s back doors and stealing its contents while driving at high speeds – has hit Germany and left police baffled. One vehicle drove for hours on the autobahn with open doors after the heist.

A van carrying cigarettes was on Tuesday night the latest victim of what the German police have dubbed “truck robbery”. Speeding down the A7 motorway near Hildesheim in Lower Saxony, thieves managed to climb out of the sunroof and bring down the loading flap, the website of Der Spiegel news magazine reported.

Failing to open the doors, they drove off, leaving the flap down. The driver did not notice and continued going at 80 kph for hours.