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On a Benz-er Disgruntled former employee smashes up 50 Mercedes Benz vans with stolen JCB

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The former Mercedes Benz employee caused €5.5m worth of damage

The former Mercedes Benz employee caused €5.5m worth of damage

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A disgruntled former employee caused an estimated €5.5 million worth of damage when he smashed up 50 vans parked in a lot at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Spain.

The former worker has been arrested after he went on a wrecking spree with a stolen JCB at the factory on an industrial estate in the Basque capital Vitoria, where he used to work.

The 38-year-old drove the front loader of the JCB into 50 new pickups that were fresh off the assembly line.

Brand new vans including the Mercedes-Benz V-Class worth nearly 100,000 euro and the new eVitos were damaged in the early hours of Thursday.

According to a report from Periodismo Del Motor, the Spanish automotive information center, security guards and maintenance personnel are said to have been in the plant area when the incident occurred.

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There were no injuries reported as only a few people were in the area at the time.

However, a security guard had to fire a warning shot into the air to get the suspect to stop his attack while he waited for police to arrive, according to local reports.

A Erzaintza regional police spokesman said: “Police arrived at the scene of the damage to find the man at the wheel of the JCB smashing into the parked vehicles.”

Officers who are currently investigating the incident, which happened in the early hours of Thursday morning, are viewing it as a work-related revenge attack.

“During the journey between the two sites, he caused other damage,” police added. “Police arrived at the scene of the damage to find the man at the wheel of the JCB smashing into the parked vehicles.

“He was held on suspicion of causing criminal damage.”

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