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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Caught on camera: Pensioner arrested after slashing tyres of woman who sat in his favourite bingo seat

Published 30/05/2015 | 12:16

A pensioner was fined and banned from a local hall after he was caught on camera slashing car tyres of a woman who sat in his favourite bingo seat.

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Fred Smith (82) was charged with criminal mischief after taking an ice pick to two tyres on Ethel Britt's van in Lake Wales, Flordia.

Ms Britt was celebrating her 88th birthday with friends and was sitting in Mr Smith's usual spot. The unhappy man stormed out of the fall before the incident, police say.

The elderly lady was left bewildered by the whole incident.

"I didn't think anyone would be low enough to do that to my car because I didn't know I had any enemies in my life," she told Fox Tampa Bay.

Mr Smith was apologetic after the incident, according to Lake Wales Deputy Chief Troy Schulze.

"He said he was embarrassed. He regretted doing it, but he took ownership of it and said that even in the embarrassment he had to face consequences.

“It’s quite frankly a childish-type crime.”

A court hearing will take place on June 17, but Mr Smith  also has to pay Ms Britt $500 in tyre damage and restitution.

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