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Former employee steals excavator, rams gate & destroys 50 vans at Mercedes-Benz factory in Spain

On Thursday night, an excavator rammed the gates of a car factory in Vitoria – the main city of Basque Country in northern Spain – and started smashing brand-new Mercedes vans in the parking lot with its massive shovel.

The wrecking spree went on for minutes and only came to a stop after a security guard fired a warning shot in the air. It left around 50 vehicles damaged beyond repair, with photos on social media showing vans having been crumpled and placed of top of each other. - услуги фрилансеров от 500 руб.

The police arrived on site and arrested the perpetrator, whom the local media described as a “distinguished former Mercedes-Benz worker.” The 38-year-old man reportedly used to be employed at the factory between 2016 and 2017.

He now faces charges of criminal damage, while the incident is being investigated as a “work-related revenge attack.” The German company and their employee apparently didn’t part on good terms, since he was clearly holding a grudge four years later.

The attack seems to have been carried out in cold blood as the man stole the JCB at a construction site in the town of Legutiano, located 21 km away from Vitoria. The long drive – which, according to the police, also delivered damage to public roads – would have provided the man more than enough time to think his actions over. 

Mercedes-Benz said that the rampage cost is in “millions.” But sources cited by the local media more precise numbers, estimating the damage at between two and five million euros.

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