A municipal police officer in the Côtes-d'Armor department has been placed under judicial supervision pending trial for having punctured the tires of vehicles in several municipalities of the department, including the one where he worked, the Saint-Brieuc prosecutor's office announced on Thursday.
"A large number of incidents of damage to vehicles (...) mainly the puncture of the four tyres of these cars", had been reported between September and November last year in the village of Tréguier and four neighbouring municipalities, said in a statement the public prosecutor of Saint-Brieuc, Nicolas Heitz. The investigation carried out by the gendarmes identified a 56-year-old individual who was arrested and taken into custody on Tuesday.
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The suspect admitted to some of the facts, "explaining that he had conflicts with the victims due in particular to his position in the town hall of Tréguier as a municipal police officer," the statement continued. The defendant was presented to the public prosecutor's office on Thursday and will be tried on January 26 for "damage and degradation by a person voluntarily concealing his face so as not to be identified".
The prosecution had requested that he be remanded in custody pending the hearing, but the liberty and detention judge preferred a "strict judicial control" which prohibits him from having contact with his victims or from approaching their homes. The investigation is continuing to determine if other unsolved puncture incidents can be linked to the municipal police officer.