(CNN) -- Talk about karmic payback.
Two days after stealing a rare coin collection, police said Wednesday, an alleged thief in Germany took his loot to a bank for safe-keeping -- and ended up handing the coins to the very man he'd stolen them from.
The stunned bank teller, an avid coin collector, recognized the coins as being the same set that had been stolen from his house and called police, said Saskia Schneider, a police spokesman for the western German city of Dortmund.
"That's a case you don't hear every day," she said.
Police said the 36-year-old man recently broke into the home of the coin collector in Dortmund and made off with coins worth 50,000 euros ($80,000).
"He had two days to be happy about it," she said, before he decided to deposit the coins for safe-keeping.
His caution, Schneider said, led to his capture. Police have charged him with burglarly.
Later, police said they found jewelry and other stolen goods in the home of the unemployed man. E-mail to a friend