Thieves in Germany stole 7,500 euros, about $9,554, from a man by throwing faeces at him from behind and then pick-pocketing him while they pretended to help clean up the mess, authorities said on Monday.
After withdrawing 8,000 euros from a bank for a holiday the man was struck in the back of the neck by what he described as human faeces, police in the central town of Giessen said.
“Immediately afterwards two large women came up to him from behind and claimed they had seen someone excreting down onto the street from above,” police said in a statement.
The two women then began briskly wiping the filth from the man’s clothing with paper towels they had with them. They were soon joined by a third man, who also came bearing paper towels.
Only when the man went to take his foul-smelling trousers to cleaners did he notice that 7,500 euros had been taken from his back pocket by one of the would-be helpers, police said.