Masked men smash slot machines at food kiosks
TT/The Local/vt · 17 Jan 2011, 08:52
Published: 17 Jan 2011 08:52 GMT+01:00
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"We have no information that any of the street food stands were threatened in advance. However, it is a lucrative market and they want to have a cut of it," Håkan Jansson, internal officer in command of the city police in Gothenburg, said on Sunday.
With a couple of hours on Sunday afternoon, the masked men destroyed a number of VLTs at several food stands in Gothenburg. Police received reports from three different fast food outlets that had their equipment destroyed.
Shortly before 4pm, police received a dispatch from a food stall at Odinsplatsen in central Gothenburg after an employee pushed the attack alarm.
Less than an hour later, another alarm came from a grill in Tynnered in western Gothenburg, followed by another report from a street food stand in Örgryte about damages.
Police see a connection between Sunday's events.
"It does not sound like a coincidence that someone goes in with hammers and smashes a food stand to pieces," police spokesman Stefan Gustafsson told the Göteborgs-Posten (GP) newspaper on Sunday.
An employee at one food stand recounted to GP that the men said that it was a warning.
No one was hurt and as of Sunday evening, no arrests had been made for the vandalisms.