The suspect in the Sept. 8 murder of art historian Susanne F. is an 18-year-old Russian national who will soon be extradited to Berlin, according to the Berliner Zeitung.
The 60-year-old victim had been drinking with friends in the Schleusenkrug restaurant and beergarden in Tiergarten and was apparently attacked as part of a robbery as she walked on the path between the restaurant and Hardenbergplatz. She was strangled, her husband recently told Berliner Kurier.
The suspect was arrested just days later in Warsaw after he was caught using the victim’s phone.
Polizei Museum Hit
Unknown assailants broke into police headquarters in the closed Tempelhof airport late Sunday, Sept. 17, and made their way to the polizei’s historical collection, according to the cops themselves. The thieves broke display cases and absconded with antique metals, badges, police helmets (known as Tschakos) and even Gestapo badges.
A special investigation unit for art-related crimes is overseeing the investigation, according to the Tagesspiegel. The police reportedly didn’t initially publicize the burglary out of embarrassment but then confirmed the crime following a report in Die Welt.
Unnamed officers criticized the private security company tasked with guarding the police headquarters in the Welt article and said the company’s employees do very little to protect the building and its inhabitants. The crime was especially alarming because the burglars were just meters away from national police offices.
“The security measures for the police headquarters and the museum have been reviewed and freshly evaluated,” officials said.
Stats Show Drop in Crime
Statistics for the first six months of 2017 show steep declines in crime in the Hauptstadt, according to the Berliner Morgenpost. Overall, 9.4 percent fewer crimes were reported in the first half of 2017 over the first half of 2016, or a total 253,440 crimes. Burglaries were reportedly down 30.9 percent over the first half of 2016 to 2,976 while thefts of purses and bags dropped 47.9 percent to 11,523,
No other figures were available but Berlin’s interior minister Andreas Geisel (SPD) told the paper in a separate interview that the murder rate was at its lowest point in a decade.
“Per 100,000 residents, 16,161 crimes were reported last year, 253 fewer than in 2015. That means Berlin is a relatively safe city compared to other metro areas,” Geisel told the paper.
Photo thanks Berliner Polizei.