What weapons did the Nazis use

It is quite possible that Alex P. had asked himself why his pistol looks so different: This thin barrel, the almost pointed handle and then this joint that sits on top of the weapon like a small round wart. Maybe Alex had seen a similar model in some Nazi film or a Hitler documentary. Perhaps the 21-year-old didn't care at all because the pistol wasn't about the look, but the purpose. And that was: scare people so that Alex's victims would give him what he wanted.

On that day in mid-April, this was probably a passerby's cell phone. Alex P. had ambushed her on a street in El Milagro, a district in the very south of the Colombian Caribbean city of Cartagena. But the woman was lucky, Alex was unlucky: the police prevented the attack, Alex was arrested with his pistol.

At the station, however, the officers quickly noticed that this weapon was different from the one that was usually found in thieves, crooks and crooks. With the help of experts, it quickly turned out that the pistol was a Luger, also called the P 08 or Parabellum.

Hollywood handed every Nazi actor a Luger

First produced more than 100 years ago in the German Empire, the pistol was part of the standard equipment of soldiers in Switzerland and the Netherlands, but also in countries such as Brazil and Bolivia. Above all, however, the weapon made a career in Germany, in the First and Second World War German soldiers took it to the front, and later Hollywood handed every Nazi a Luger.

Today the weapon is a collector's item, worth a few hundred to several thousand euros, depending on the model, year of manufacture and condition. It is quite possible that Alex P. would have made more money in the end if he had sold his pistol instead of using it to steal their handbags or smartphones from defenseless passers-by on the street. In any case, he would not have gone to jail for this - provided, of course, that the pistol had come into his possession in a reasonably legal way beforehand.

How exactly Alex got his Luger has not yet been clarified. What is striking, however, is that the Cartagena police arrested two thieves who had robbed a shop in 2018 and threatened the cashiers and customers with a Luger.

Even then, it was not possible to determine where the murder weapon came from. So is it just a coincidence that, of all places, in a beautiful city on the Colombian Caribbean coast, petty criminals commit their crimes with weapons from the First or Second World War? Is there a connection between the acts and, above all, the weapons used? All these questions have so far remained unanswered.

One thing is certain: Alex P. is initially in jail, while his pistol is stored in the evidence room of the Colombian public prosecutor's office. It should stay there until the trial, after which it could be destroyed or even be taken to a museum because of its historical value.