Snake used in burglary - February 1914

World War I daily bulletin from the Horsham district
World War I daily bulletin from the Horsham district

In 1914 the County Times included news items from around the world. This one is particularly strange.

“Two thieves arrested in Munich had a strange accomplice in the form of a large snake.

“They had been following an English couple from hotel to hotel, who were stated to have jewellery worth £25,000.

“The reptile was, it is understood, to have been turned loose in the rooms of the English visitors, and during the confusion they hoped to secure the jewellery.”

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