More than 40 cars parked at Oslo’s main airport at Gardermoen were vandalized during the night, the latest in a series of such incidents that target motorists traveling to and from the airport. Police were amazed after being called to OSL early Thursday morning.
“I’ve never seen anything like this,” Åge Ødegaard, duty leader at the Gardermoen police station, told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK).
Vandals have struck earlier in the parking garage at Gardermoen, breaking windows and scratching the cars’ paint. In one case, nails were spread over the pavement at the exit to the garage, leaving many motorists with punctured tires when they tried to drive out.
The latest case of vandalism targeted vehicles parked in the airport’s long-term parking lots P4 and P6 at Gardermoen. As many as 48 cars were vandalized, NRK reported, with the first reports streaming in to police just before 5am.
“All their windshields are shattered and in some of the cars, the glove compartments have been broken into,” Ødegård told NRK. “We won’t know if anything has been stolen until we get hold of the cars’ owners.”
Local newspaper Romerikes Blad reported that an employee of the Europark lot told police that a car was seen driving away at around 4am. Ødegård said the description of the car was vague, however.
“We don’t know anything about the vandals right now, but we’re in the process of examining the cars to see if we find some DNA,” Ødegård said. The parking lot has some surveillance cameras and police were also in the process of studying their photos.
Police had, in the meantime, covered up the cars to protect them from rain or snow while waiting for their owners to return. “And we’re in the process of alerting the owners and telling them they must report the vandalism and any theft,” Ødegård said.