Police: No suspects in Patch car vandalism
STUTTGART, Germany — German police said they have made no arrests and have no suspects in a July 12 car-smashing vandalism spree at Patch Barracks.
“They need more time for the investigation,” said Olef Petersen, a spokesman with the Stuttgart police department, which is investigating the incident with local military police.
Six cars were damaged overnight in two parking lots near the center of Patch Barracks, within a few hundred yards of the headquarters of the U.S. European Command, European Plans and Operations Center, Defense Information Systems Agency, Europe, and other sites.
Damaged vehicles included a new Mini Cooper, which had windows smashed on all four sides, and a privately owned Mercedes that had its windshield smashed in. Other cars owned by Sixt car rental had lights smashed and dents made to their bodies.
The damage appeared to be done by people kicking and stamping on the cars and using pieces of concrete, according to a base spokesman.
A window from a Subway sandwich restaurant was also damaged. In addition to the military sites, the immediate area is also home to other Army and Air Force Exchange Services restaurants, including Burger King, as well as the base movie theater.
Patch High and Elementary schools are also located nearby, which is highly congested during the day with people and cars. The small but busy installation also has several housing areas populated largely by officers and their families.
Persons with information on the vandalism are asked to call military police at DSN 430-5261/5262 or civilian 0711-6805261/5262.