“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.
In each of the incidents, the two masked men entered the premises. With hammers and clubs, they shattered gaming devices and furniture to pieces.
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.