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Cyclist caught ‘targeting’ cars in broad daylight, causing thousands in damage

A “regular, well-dressed” cyclist has been caught on CCTV allegedly repeatedly tinkering with cars in broad daylight on an inner-city street in Brisbane. Local man Mick Brown claimed an ‘older’ man had been targeting the same vehicles parked in Woolloongabba for several months, costing thousands of dollars in damages.

The first incident took place on September 29 and was captured on security cameras, he told The Courier Mail. Footage obtained by the newspaper shows the man riding his bicycle down the street with his right arm outstretched as he passes two Utes and an SUV. It appears he has a sharp object on a string in his hand.

“This act cost myself and the owner of the other two vehicles over $10,000 in repairs,” Brown said.

The cyclist walks onto Hubert Street in Woolloongabba on his blue bicycle, next to the cars with keys. The cyclist walks onto Hubert Street in Woolloongabba on his blue bicycle, next to the cars with keys.

The three vehicle owners were ordered to pay “more than $10,000 in repairs” after the first incident in September. Source: The Courier Post

Brown said the cyclist struck again on December 30 after “repairs were completed on all three vehicles”. Two of the same three cars were damaged again, “resulting in thousands and thousands of dollars in damage,” he said, and a third incident occurred over the May 5 weekend.

“Although these appear to be targeted attacks, neither I nor the other victim know this individual,” he told The Courier Mail. “It’s becoming quite distressing and this person needs to be stopped.”

Yahoo News Australia has contacted Queensland Police for comment.

Earlier this year, an elderly couple pleaded guilty to keying two luxury cars at a Brisbane shopping centre. Raymond Edwards and his wife Barbara were captured on camera approaching the vehicles at the Brookside Shopping Center in late October, both while tinkering with a Tesla. The court was also told Raymond had also keyed a white BMW parked next to the Tesla.

In an interview with Drive last month, Dr Catriona Davis-McCabe, president of the Australian Psychological Society, said people may feel the need to tinker with someone’s belongings because they are “unable to process their feelings or express them in a healthy and safe way to experience. ‘ and instead resort to ‘more destructive behavior’.

Clinical psychologist Dr. Kayleigh Young told the publication that she believes “an inferiority complex” is a more likely reason, as well as “hostility and conflict between two individuals, jealousy of the vehicle or a perceived injustice or inconvenience, such as someone parking too close… ”

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