A Mercedes emblem is pictured on the bonnet of an S series car in Berlin
Man has been arrested in Berlin for setting fire to more than 100 luxury cars. Reuters

A German man has been arrested on suspicion of setting fire to over 100 luxury vehicles in and around Berlin.

Police captured the 27-year-old after he was caught in the act by CCTV cameras; however, they suspect more of the car vandals to be operating in the area.

Berlin police official, Oliver Stepien said: "He wasn't motivated by politics but rather social envy, he said in essence: 'I've got debts, my life stinks and others with fancy cars are better off and they deserve this.'"

According to police statistics, 625 cars - including BMWs, Mercedes and Audis - have been set alight this year in what seems to be random vandalism.

The mindless criminality became such a problem in Germany that Berlin police deployed over 500 officers to search the streets for suspects.

Although police have said that this will not bring an end to arson in Germany, they do believe this to be a key blow to car related arson.

Head of Berlins Office of Criminal Investigations, Christian Steiof said: "Without outside support from the Federal Police, it wouldn't have been possible in this way. The phenomenon, I'm 100-percent certain, will continue to keep us busy."