E. German Guard Takes Chief's Rifle, Keys - Flees to West
January 07, 1987 - Associated Press
WIDDERSHAUSEN, West Germany — A 23-year-old border guard from Communist East Germany grabbed his supervisor's rifle and keys Tuesday, unlocked a frontier fence gate and escaped to West Germany, police said.
According to a statement from West German border police:
The sentry was on duty in an observation tower in early morning darkness when he made his move.
The guard's supervisor also was on duty but apparently did not spot what was going on.