Stolen exhibits from Stasi headquarters recovered in Berlin

AP News
Posted: Feb 24, 2015 8:38 AM

BERLIN (AP) — Berlin police say they've recovered exhibits stolen several years ago from the former headquarters of East Germany's secret police, the Stasi — among them a telephone from the office of Stasi chief Erich Mielke.

Police said Tuesday the artifacts, which also included special cameras and hidden microphones, were found last week in an apartment and cellar in Berlin as officials conducted searches in an unrelated case. They didn't elaborate.

The exhibits were stolen from the former Stasi headquarters, now a museum, in 2007 and 2008. Police said at the time that whoever was behind the break-ins apparently targeted items that had little material value but could be of interest to collectors.

The Stasi had a network of tens of thousands of full-time spies and many more informers.