The German student accused of a daring break-in at a museum, taking brazen selfies with a dinosaur head, is a self-confessed ‘hustler’ and poker player.
Paul Kuhn, 25, has been charged with breaking and entering into the Australian Museum in Sydney on May 10, climbing scaffolding to get in just after midnight.
Footage of the student’s alleged exploits showed him posing for selfies with exhibits, running around multiple levels and riffling through storage spaces.
In bizarrely similar scenes to Ben Stiller’s ‘Night at the Museum’ films, Kuhn was allegedly seen exploring the museum late at night and posing for pictures.
Calling himself a ‘property entrepreneur’, but simultaneously claiming he ‘doesn’t have to work’, his social media profiles boast of a playboy lifestyle.
German student Paul Kuhn (pictured) is accused of breaking into the Australian Museum in Sydney on May 10
Paul Kuhn (pictured) claims to be a ‘hustler’ who ‘doesn’t need to work’, and has lived in Australia for two years
Kuhn’s social media pages show off his daredevil lifestyle, perching on tall buildings (pictured) and player poker
Numerous pictures show him enjoying a series of far-flung adventures, posing on top of buildings and backpacking across Asia.
Citing his heroes as Bill Gates and life coach Tony Robbins, Kuhn’s social media pages show a series of short-lived jobs.
He also claims to have played poker professionally back in the town of Hessen in Germany, saying it helped him learn ‘a lot about life and business’.
But he wrote that he was forced to quit poker, which he played seven days a week for up to 20 hours at a time, as he ‘felt like a thief’ and wanted to ‘make people’s lives better’.
After coming to Sydney on a student visa, he lasted two months working as a door-to-door sales rep, before deciding there was ‘no opportunity for growth’.
He bragged of attending one of Germany’s ‘most prestigious universities’, Technische Universität Dresden, to study mechanical engineering.
Social media pictures show the self-confessed ‘hustler’ enjoying adventure holidays in Vietnam, racing motorcycles and climbing up skyscrapers.
He arrived in Australia two years ago on a student visa, and appears to have made the most of what he called ‘living the Australian dream’.
Bragging about his time as a door-to-door salesman, which lasted for two months, he said he becomes ‘the bestseller of my first company within my first working day’.
He bragged about ‘excelling at reaching targets’ and of ‘learning fast’.
CCTV from May 10 shows a man casually strolling through the heritage-listed Sydney museum, at one point putting his head in a dinosaur’s mouth to pose for a selfie.
Police allege Kuhn stole a framed photograph on his way out, as well as an employee’s Akubra hat.
Central Local Court heard on Monday that Kuhn handed himself into Surry Hills police on Sunday night.
His lawyer said the student had no criminal history and had not been trying to hide his face during the alleged incident.
Police claim he walked through multiple levels and taking selfies with exhibits (pictured, the intruder taking a selfie with the skull of a Tyrannosaurus-Rex)
The man was caught on CCTV taking a cowboy hat from a hat stand before putting it on his head (pictured) on May 10
Kuhn was granted bail and will next appear in court on June 1.
Footage of the incident showed the intruder getting up close and personal with the exhibits, looking at dinosaur bones and taking pictures of himself with the skull of a Tyrannosaurus-Rex.
The man then wandered through the staff-only part of the museum and attempted to access many parts of the building before eventually leaving.
‘He’s entered into a place of significance, we’re lucky he hasn’t damaged any historical artifacts or anything that is expensive in there,’ Detective Chief Inspector Sean Heaney said last week.
Australian Museum is currently under renovation and police believe he got into the building by climbing scaffolding.
The man was seen trying to open a locked door in the museum (pictured) while wearing a hat he found inside
Paul Kuhn (pictured) was granted bail and will next appear in court on June 1, charged with breaking and entering after an incident on May 10