Man torched luxury cars, cops say
October 25, 2011 by staff
Police say the 27-year-old, who is unemployed and in debt, was motivated by envy and social frustration to set fire to 67 vehicles for three months.
A further 35 vehicles parked nearby was also destroyed by fire.
Some 470 cars – mostly BMW, Mercedes and Audi – have burned this year in the city.
Such was the magnitude of the problem this year, up to 500 police were deployed in the streets at night in search of suspects and a dedicated squad of 150 members was created.
Berlin police also asked federal officials to high-tech equipment and helicopters with thermal imaging cameras.
The suspect was arrested Sunday and confessed that he had burned 67 cars between June and August, admitted that on several occasions the fire had spread to the neighboring cars.
“He was not motivated by politics, but rather the social envy,” said senior police officer Oliver Stepien. “He said in essence:” I have debts, my life sucks and other luxury cars are better and deserve this. “”
Earlier this month, the railway system in Berlin was beaten by arson attacks. The explosive devices were placed in a number of sites, including at least one high-speed rail.
An unknown leftist group calling itself the Hekla Reception Committee, said he had planted the devices.
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