Woman who has keyed 1,000 cars can't be stopped, say police

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Austrian police have admitted they are powerless to stop a woman responsible for keying more than 1,000 cars over the past six years.

A court has ruled that the 35-year-old cannot be held legally accountable for her actions because of her mental health and the current statutory punishment for the relevant crime.

Laws in place to protect vulnerable people mean that she cannot currently be charged. If she commits a crime that is punishable by more than a year in prison, only then can she be sent to a psychiatric institute for criminals.

Police in the Styria region, which makes up a large proportion of the southern and central area of the country, say that they have been receiving reports about keyed cars for more than half a decade.

"As long as the legal situation stays as it is, our hands are unfortunately tied. Neither police nor the state prosecutors can do anything at this moment," said police commander Dietmar Jeglitsch.

Officials are certain it's the same woman because she 'mainly chooses black vehicles' and 'there is always a zig-zag pattern'.

During her crime spree, the unnamed woman has been implicated in more than 1,000 keying incidents, including a police officer's car. Officers admitted that the true number was likely to be much higher, since many people don't report crimes such as this.