Man held for damaging over 100 cars

October 24th, 2011 - 9:13 am ICT by IANS  

Berlin, Oct 24 (IANS) A 27-year-old man has been arrested in the German capital for damaging over 100 luxury cars. He allegedly set 67 cars ablaze, and partially damaged 35 others, officials said.

Most of the cars were of brands like BMW and Mercedes-Benz, Xinhua reported.

Christian Steiof, chief of Berlin’s State Office of Criminal Investigations, said Sunday that the arrest itself would not put an end to the problem of arson attacks.

The man damaged the vehicles from June to August this year, particularly in Berlin’s three districts — Mitte, Spandau and Charlottenburg.

Sources said the suspect told investigators that he set the fires due to vexation over being out of job at the time. Since late August, as he had been offered a job as an assistant, he has stopped short of criminal conduct, he said.

At least 625 vehicles were damaged in arson attacks in Berlin this year, according to Berlin police.

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