A German man accused of roaming the streets robbing women of their high-heeled shoes to fuel an apparent fetish has been arrested and detained, police said.
“The 27-year-old was brought before the competent judge in the Bonn court, who approved his being remanded in custody ... he has been put under guard in jail in Bonn police station,” a statement said.
The man was seized on suspicion of having committed a string of nine mysterious “shoe robberies” on female passers-by since 2008 in the western cities of Bonn and Cologne.
He would sneak up behind his victims and push them to the ground before removing their shoes, police said.
He was eventually caught, not on foot, but in a car during a police check. “The wanted man was arrested on the street,” police said.
The suspect has yet to come clean about all the crimes but has offered a “partial confession,” the police statement added.