Foreign News: The Kidnaper

Tipped off by an informer, West Berlin cops were waiting one night last week when a burglar broke into a junk dealer's home. They got more than an ordinary crook: once arrested, Kurt Knobloch began to talk, and what he said made the pinch, in the eyes of a top West Berlin police official, "the most important arrest made in West Berlin since the end of the war."

At 22, Knobloch is a veteran but inept burglar, with a record of four arrests and three convictions. He had finished one stretch in an East Berlin jail and was headed for a trial...

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