Singer Pete Doherty quizzed in Germany over theft

Fri Mar 11, 2011 11:45am EST
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BERLIN (Reuters) - British singer Pete Doherty has been questioned in Germany on suspicion of stealing a guitar and records, police said on Friday.

The Babyshambles frontman, who is under investigation along with two other men, denies stealing the guitar valued at 300 euros ($415) from a store window in the Bavarian city of Regensburg.

Doherty said he was at the scene of the incident in the early hours on Tuesday but was not involved. "I was there but it wasn't me," he told German television.

The 31-year-old rocker is in Regensburg to shoot a film with French actress and singer Charlotte Gainsbourg.

Police declined to name the two other suspects in the case but said one was a prominent individual.

The case has been passed to prosecutors who will decide whether to bring charges of burglary against the three men, police said.

Doherty has gained a bad-boy public image involving drugs and legal run-ins from the time he shot to fame in the 2000s as the singer of British band The Libertines.

It is not the first time he has hit the headlines while in Germany.

In 2009, he apologized after singing banned verses of the German national anthem at a concert in Munich and was arrested in Berlin for allegedly smashing a car window.

The verses of the anthem were banned after World War Two because of their association with Nazism.

(Reporting by Eric Kelsey; editing by David Stamp)

<p>British musician Pete Doherty performs on stage at Debaser Medis during a concert in Stockholm January 11, 2010. REUTERS/Ander Wiklund/Scanpix</p>