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Giant crane disappears from Germany, only to ‘re-surface’ in Egypt

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“Unbelievable” was the major headline in German media when describing a bizarre crime involving the alleged theft of a 48-ton crane, only to be found in Egypt three months later.

The giant crane, which was at a labor camp in the German city of Stuttgart, was stolen on March 19 according to a police complaint put forward by its owner while granting a reward of $5800 for anyone who has information about its whereabouts.

The crane, which is valued at $233,000, was a headline story on March 20 in most of the German media.

But in the last three months after the robbery, German authorities failed to find leads until the crane appeared in Alexandria, the Mediterranean port city in Egypt.

German media expressed surprise at the news, wondering how the crane was transfered, crossing the borders of several European countries, then crossing the sea.

Investigations are underway to find out exactly what happened. Meanwhile, Egyptian authorities involved in the investigation did not disclose further details about the robbery.