Man goes on tire-piercing rampage using nail scissors

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.

According to German media, the authorities caught the man in the act on Thursday night after a three-hour manhunt. It began after an eyewitness, who had seen the suspicious individual tampering with tires, informed the local police.

A total of 1,500 tires were flattened in the rampage, with preliminary damage estimates of around €150,000 ($169,762). For most vehicles, all four tires were damaged.

To make matters worse, the series of crimes happened right before Christmas Eve, when Germans traditionally go to visit relatives.

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The suspect, who has so far denied any involvement, was found in possession of a pair of nail scissors with traces of rubber, and a balaclava. On top of that, the man already has a history of crime, including property damage, with an investigation now launched into his latest spree. The motive is so far 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. The man, who had worked at the site from 2016 to 2017, only stopped after a security guard fired a warning shot. The damage done to the nearly 50 vehicles totaled approximately $6 million.

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