German police have detained a 50-year-old man suspected of piercing tires on 402 vehicles with a pair of nail scissors near the town of Andernach in Rhineland-Palatinate.
German media reports that the suspect was caught by authorities on Thursday evening after three hours of manhunt. The incident began when an eyewitness saw the suspect tampering on tires and reported it to the police.
A total of 1,500 tires were flattened in the rampage, with preliminary damage estimates of around €150,000 ($169,762). The damage to most vehicles was done to all four tires.
The worst part is that the crimes took place right before Christmas Eve, which Germans usually visit family members.
A pair of nails scissors with trace rubber and a balaclava were found by the suspect. He has not been charged. A criminal record, including damage to property, is already a part of the suspect’s past. Investigators are now investigating his recent spree. So far, the motive for his latest spree is unknown.
A similar incident occurred on New Year’s Eve in 2020 in northern Spain, when a disgruntled former employee rammed a stolen heavy construction tractor into the gates of a local Mercedes Benz plant, and then proceeded to crush brand-new vans. After a warning shot was fired by a security guard, the man who worked on site between 2016 and 2017, stopped. About $6 million was spent on the damage to nearly 50 vehicles.
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