Monday, 5 December 2016

Driver Sleeps In Vehicle For A Month ToCatch Serial Car Scratcher

A man who had had his car scratched over
20 times in the last six months finally
managed to catch the perpetrator in the act
after sleeping in the vehicle for a month.
Finding your car scratched is unpleasant,
but definitely not uncommon, which is why
Kot Matroskin, a driver from
Minsk,Belarus, didn’t pay much attention
when it first happened to him, about six
months ago. But after noticing subsequent
scratches on the fender of his Volkswagen
Polo in a relativelyshort period of time, he
started looking for clues about who might
want to scratch his car and why. He was
soon able todiscover that the scratching
occurred only when he parked hiscar near
a pedestrian walkway at the entrance of a
park andseemed to be done with the same
object, as the scratches alllooked very
Determined to get some answers, the man
left a note in the window of his car asking
the person who had made a habit of
scratching his car why they were doing it.
He even posted his email address so the
perpetrator could answer his question
even if they feared a face-to-face
confrontation. That didn’t work out as he
had planned as he got no messages. He
then installed a camera on the dashboard
of his car hoping to catch the person in the
act but apart from some pedestrian passing
suspiciously close to his car, the footage
didn’t reveal anything useful. Matroskin
realised that it was impossible to tell if
someone was scratching the car as they
passed by from the video, so he decided
that he only had two options – find another
place to park or catch this criminal himself.
So for the last month, he got up in the
middle of the night and went to sleep in
his car, hoping to catch the perpetrator
red-handed. After analysing his daily
schedule, he estimated that the scratching
generally occurred between 4:00 to
6:00am, so he would set his alarm clock to
4:00am every night, put on thick clothes,
grab a sleeping bag and spend three hours
in the backseat of his car.
On the morning of November 27, at 5:40
am, he heard someone pass by the car,
followed by the characteristic long
scraping sound of metal on metal. He
quickly got out to confront his nemesis, but
instead of a man that he had expected to
see, he came face to face with a little old
lady with white hair sticking out from
under a funny hat. He filmed the whole
confrontation with his phone, adding that
the woman only accepted responsibility for
the scratches she left that morning,
offering to pay him for the damage if he let
her go without calling the police.
He eventually called the police and pressed
charges against the woman, hoping to
receive both compensation for both
material and moral damages, according to
“I just hope that after doing the authorities’
job of apprehending the offender, they can
do theirs by properly punishing her for her
crime,” Matroskin said.