German police report that they have finally arrested a man who is accused of stealing screws from dozens of road signs over the course of several months.
Peiting Police Chief Rudolf Fischer said that a motorist called police late on Saturday evening and reported that a man with a flashlight attached to his head was working on a warning sign and attempting to hide whenever cars approached.
Officers arrived and arrested the 54-year-old man, who matched the description of the man believed to be behind the thefts of screws from dozens of other road signs.
“He had a large number of nuts and appropriate tools with him,” Fischer told the Munchner Merkur newspaper.
“He quickly admitted that he had been dismantling road signs for some time.”
Police said they found several pounds of stolen screws, nuts and eyelets in the man’s home.
The man, who is now receiving psychological care, was apparently motivated by a compulsion to collect.