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Szczytno. They broke into the ruins of the Teutonic castle, stole money thrown by tourists “for good luck”

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– They destroyed the security, which was made by hand on a special order, and took the coins lying on the ground thrown there by residents and tourists “fortunately” – informs the police. Three men are suspected of breaking into a room in the ruins of the Teutonic castle in Szczytno (Warmińsko-Mazurskie).

On August 13, the police received a notification of a break-in into the Teutonic castle in Szczytno from representatives of the city office. The incident was to take place on August 6, after 9 p.m. The officers found that the perpetrators had destroyed the security made in accordance with the guidelines of the conservator and entered the room inaccessible to visitors.

– Then they collected coins lying on the ground, thrown there by residents and tourists “for good luck”. Representatives of the City Hall in Szczytno estimated the value of the losses at nearly PLN 800 – informs the District Police Headquarters in Szczytno.

As it turned out, the surveillance cameras recorded the event.

Men broke into the ruins of the Teutonic Castle in SzczytnoKPP Szczytno

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“They explained their behavior by high intoxication”

A few days after the break-in, on August 19, policemen knocked on the door of three apartments in the Szczytno commune.

– They detained a 22-year-old, a 24-year-old and a 39-year-old for the destruction of one of the elements of the monument protected by law and the theft of coins. These men pleaded guilty to the charges of theft with burglary. They explained their behavior by high level of intoxication – the officers reported.


According to the investigators, the men collected 150 zlotys. – However, this money did not bring them happiness, especially to the 39-year-old who, after hearing the accusations, was sent straight to the prison. The man was wanted by the judiciary in order to serve a sentence of 10 months in prison for tormenting a loved one – police officers add.

The men will now go to court for burglary. They face up to 10 years in prison.

The policemen detained three men KPP Szczytno

Main photo source: KPP Szczytno

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