A car belonging to Germany's Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere was stolen in the eastern city of Dresden, police said on Thursday.
The Audi, which was being used by de Maiziere's daughter at the time of the theft, and the thief -- a 33-year-old Pole -- were stopped on Wednesday on a motorway in eastern Germany a day later, said Dresden police spokesman Thomas Geithner.
"The thief could not have possibly known he was stealing a car that belonged to the Interior Minister," Geithner said. "We had a bit of good luck that we could catch the thief."
De Maiziere, who is in charge of police in Germany, had complained in May about a rise in car thefts and manufacturers to improve anti-theft measures.