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Police say he at first tried giving fake names but then conceded: "You got me."

In recent days, French authorities were growing increasingly confident that Magnotta would be caught, especially after an Interpol alert meant photos of him were distributed in newspaper pages and TV screens worldwide, and via the internet to PCs and mobile phones.

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A National Police official told the AP that French authorities went over closed-circuit video footage from an international bus station in Bagnolet, northeast of Paris, and turned up images of Magnotta getting on bus bound for Berlin. The official spoke only on condition of anonymity because of judicial secrecy in the case.

Christophe Crepin, a police union official, said German officials had already been alerted that Magnotta might be in Berlin at some point ahead of the arrest, but he did not specify when.

At times, however, French investigators grew frustrated with leaks in the media — notably a French TV report indicating police had used technology to track his mobile phone’s whereabouts. As a result, he turned it off, Crepin said.

"He had closely monitored what we police were doing to concoct his strategy."

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