Thursday, January 24, 2019

[VIRAL] Man scratching cars with keys caught on CCTV

A VIDEO showing a man scratching cars parked in a parking lot at a commercial center in Talisay City went viral yesterday, eliciting concerns from netizens about the safety of vehicles parked in public places.

The three-minute clip shared by Facebook user Teddy M Ticar last April 20 shows a man in white sleeveless shirt, shorts, slippers and shades parking first beside a red car, and without totally getting out of the vehicle, started scratching the door and window of the red car using a car key.

The man then backed up, looked around after getting off his car and started scratching the two other cars, one of which is owned by a tenant, parked across the red car. He then left.

Everything was over in 1:07 minutes—the act of scratching all three cars lasted five seconds only—but the passenger of the first car got out of the vehicle only after 14 seconds to make sure the black car had left the premises.

The incident happened last Saturday, April 18, around 3:50 p.m. at the parking lot of Robinsons Supermarket at the South Central Square in Barangay Lawaan, Talisay City.

Random and costly scratches on parked new cars at Robinsons-Lawaan around 3:50PM of April 18, 2015. Maybe you can help identify the suspect thru this video. Deep scratches that cost thousands.... tsk tsk tsk.

Posted by Teddy M Ticar on Monday, April 20, 2015


As of yesterday afternoon, the video had been shared by 6,000 users and viewed more than 500,000 times.

Police have identified the man in the car but refused to reveal his name until a formal complaint is filed against him. The Land Transportation Office (LTO) 7, for its part, may summon the suspect for administrative proceedings if the complainants would provide them with a copy of the footage.

Supt. Germano Mallari, Talisay City police chief, said the April 18 incident was not a first for the suspect.

Two years ago, a complaint was filed against him after he allegedly scratched and dented a car that was parked in the same parking lot. But the complainant reportedly didn't pursue the case after the suspect's parents paid for the car's damage.


Mallari added that the suspect reportedly has a psychological problem.

The red car belonged to Nilo Almarez, who was then inside the supermarket to buy bread for his two companions—a 21-year-old friend and an elderly relative—who were inside the car.

Almarez told Sun.Star Cebu that his companions were afraid of the suspect that they didn't dare leave the car.

Almarez also said it cost him around P21,000 to have the damage on his car repaired.

After the incident, Almarez reported the matter to mall management, which then provided him with a copy of the CCTV footage of the incident.

South Central Square mall manager Danilo Lim told Sun.Star Cebu that following the incident, they have intensified security inside and outside their establishment.

Lim, however, said that while they have ample security personnel outside their establishment, the incident last Saturday was “too sudden.”

To avoid similar incidents, LTO 7 Director Arnel Tancinco advised car owners to avoid parking their cars anywhere. He also advised motorists to avoid bringing their cars if the occasion doesn't call for it.
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