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German Police Seize WWII Panther Tank Stored in Man’s Basement [PICS]

Police Seize WWII Era Panther Tank Stored In Man's Basement
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German police just seized a World War II-era Panther tank that an old man had been storing in his basement. Read on to find out how they got it out.

Yes, you read that right: a 78-year-old German man in the town of Heikendorf (located near the town of Kiel in northern Germany) was storing a Panther tank in his basement. The police raided the man’s house and seized the tank because it violates the War Weapons Control Act.

Local police needed help from the German Army to remove the 45-ton Panther tank, which was apparently not in running condition and lacked tracks. It took 20 soldiers over eight hours to remove the tank from the basement with their tank recovery vehicle.

In addition to the Panther tank, police also seized a torpedo and an anti-aircraft gun.

Police Seize WWII Era Panther Tank Stored In Man's Basement flak gun
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Apparently, the fact that the man owned a tank wasn’t much of a secret because he’d been seen driving it around town. Mayor Alexander Orth said that:

He was chugging around in it during the snow catastrophe in 1978. I took this to be the eccentricity of an old man, but it looks like there’s more to it than that.

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German Police Seize WWII Panther Tank Stored in Man’s Basement [PICS]