Man Killed Trying to Steal From Condom Machine
German trio blew up machine
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 29, 2015 4:02 AM CST
Police released this photo of the crime scene.   (Nordrhein-Westfalen Police)

(Newser) – In what must rank among the bleakest Christmas stories of this or any other year, a German man died on Christmas Day during a failed attempt to steal money from a condom machine. Police in Schoeppingen, near the Dutch border, say the man was killed by a flying piece of metal as he tried to take cover when he and two accomplices blew up the outdoor vending machine, the AP reports. The surviving pair brought the man to a hospital, where officials didn't believe their story that he had been fatally injured in a fall, reports Reuters, which notes that investigators found money and condoms strewn around the destroyed machine. (This suspected drunk driver tried to hide from cops in a Nativity scene.)