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'Most prolific burglar ever' behind bars

Two burglars responsible for carrying out at least 105 burglaries in just six weeks in three different states in Austria have been described by a Chief Inspector as "the most prolific burglars" he has ever dealt with.

Josef Grasel who is about to retire from his position heading up the theft department at the State Office of Criminal Investigation in northeast Austria said that the suspects were the worst he has experienced in his whole career.

The two men responsible are a 41 year old and a 45 year old from Hungary who carried out up to 25 burglaries per night towards the end of last year, and caused in 177,000 EUR in damage from their thieving.

Around 70 of the attempted burglaries were in Lower Austria, in the city of St. Pölten and nine other districts, 27 in Styria in three different districts and nine in Burgenland in two districts. These 105 actions were "provable," but there could as twice as many that have been unprovable, the police said in a press conference.

The two were caught in 15 November in Gablitz, in Lower Austria, after which the 45-year-old confessed to his involvement on the thirteen burglaries carried out on the night they were caught. His accomplice the 41-year-old accomplice had confessed to a series of three burglaries. Both are currently being held in prison in Wiener Neustadt.

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