Skip to comments.Actor arrested after jewel thief TV role
Posted on 04/22/2012 7:03:56 PM PDT by DeaconBenjamin
Police arrested an actor who played a jewel thief in a television reconstruction after a viewer mistakenly identified him as the real criminal.
Aaron Defant must have played his part too convincingly. The 29-year-old actor was arrested by police in Stuttgart this week after being mistaken for the criminal he had played in an on-screen robbery reconstruction, reported the Bild newspaper on Saturday.
An unnamed viewer alerted police on Wednesday when they recognised Defant in Stuttgart city centre, over five weeks after his appearance on a March 11 episode of the long-running ZDF crime-busting programme Aktenzeichen XY... ungelöst.
The programme had appealed to the public to find the thief behind the unsolved robbery of a jewellery store in Kirn in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate.
Suddenly two officers were standing behind me, Defant told the paper. They demanded my ID. I asked them why, but they didnt answer.
But Defant remained calm and managed to convince the policemen they had got the wrong man. I told them Im an actor, he said.
This is the first time such a mix-up has happened, Aktenzeichen XY presenter Rudi Cerne told Bild.
Maybe its because the actor looked very similar to the real criminal, said Cerne.
I’d bet dollars to doughnut holes that this isn’t the first time somebody who played a perp on TV got arrested for the crime.
This just in: People are idiots. Film at 11.
So why aren’t nurses in real life mistaken for porn stars?
If you met the ones I work with, you'd know!!
“I’m not a thief, but I play one on TV.”
Ich bin ein purloiner.
It happens all the time to the actors who do the re-enactments on America's Most Wanted.
His 15-minutes of fame bit him on the arse...
Great story for the grandkids!
Mmmmm. Doughnut holes.
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