Burglar in Germany Foiled by ... Earprints He unwittingly left his mark behind, say police By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted May 1, 2012 4:04 PM CDT 2 comments Comments (Shutterstock) (Newser) – German police say they busted a burglar responsible for nearly 100 break-ins because he left behind earprints, reports Der Spiegel. How so? He apparently put his ear against doors to listen for people inside. "Earprints are of similar value as fingerprints in terms of evidence," explained a police official. The suspect allegedly had hauled in $660,000 worth of stolen goods before his arrest.