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

A “plain, well-dressed” cyclist has been caught on CCTV repeatedly carjacking cars in broad daylight on a Brisbane city center street. Area resident Mick Brown claimed an “elderly” man was “targeting” the same vehicles parked in Woolloongabba for several months, costing thousands of dollars in damage.

The first incident happened on September 29 and was captured on security cameras, he told the Courier Mail. Footage obtained by the newspaper shows the man riding his bike down the street with his right arm outstretched as he passes two utes and an SUV. He appears to have a sharp object attached to a cord in his hand.

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

The cyclist going up Hubert Street in Woolloongabba next to the locked cars with his blue bike. The cyclist going up Hubert Street in Woolloongabba next to the locked cars with his blue bike.

The three vehicle owners had to pay “more than $10,000 in repairs” after the first incident in September. Source: Le Courrier Mail

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

“Although these were targeted attacks, neither I nor the other victim know or recognize this person,” he told the Courier Mail. “This is becoming very distressing and this individual needs to be arrested.”

Yahoo News Australia has contacted Queensland Police for comment.

Earlier this year, an elderly couple pleaded guilty to using two luxury cars at a Brisbane shopping centre. Raymond Edwards and his wife Barbara were filmed approaching vehicles at Brookside Shopping Center in late October, both attempting to grab a Tesla. The court also heard that Raymond also grabbed a white BMW parked next to the Tesla.

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

Clinical psychologist Dr Kayleigh Young told the publication she believed “an inferiority complex” was a more likely explanation, as well as “animosity 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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