Man is caught on camera repeatedly trying to damage his neighbour’s doorbell camera with pliers and a hammer because it ‘overlooks his home’
- Stephen Grove, 56, caught on CCTV damaging a neighbour’s video doorbell
- Pleaded guilty to criminal damage in August and handed 12-month conditional discharge
- He claimed he felt like a prisoner in his home as camera looked at his property
- Victoria Riscinskis said she installed doorbell to look after her vulnerable uncle
A neighbour has been caught on camera attempting to sabotage the Ring doorbell on the property next door, claiming it overlooked his home.
Stephen Grove, 56, had attempted to damage the video doorbell at the bungalow in Birmingham on three separate occasions in 2021 – leading to an appearance in court after cutting wires with a pair of pliers.
He pleaded guilty to criminal damage in August after CCTV captured him in the act and was handed a 12-month conditional discharge.
The incident involving the pliers occurred in March, while he was also filmed using a marker pen on the doorbell’s lens just days after his appearance in court.
Stephen Grove, 56, had attempted to damage the video doorbell at the bungalow in Birmingham on three separate occasions in 2021 (pictured attempting to damage the doorbell with a screwdriver)
And in July, he was also seen attempting to tear the doorbell off of the wall by hand, before returning a couple of weeks later with a screwdriver.
Stephen was also spotted in December taking a hammer to a different camera on the property and covering the doorbell’s lens with a marker pen.
Speaking to the Sun Online, Stephen said that he felt he needed to act because the doorbell overlooked his own home.
He told the website: ‘It’s pathetic, I know. But I feel like a prisoner. I open the gate and the camera is looking straight at me. It’s just not right.’
He pleaded guilty to criminal damage in August after CCTV captured him snipping wires with a pair of pliers and was handed a 12-month conditional discharge. Pictured: Stephen using a hammer to change the position of a camera on his neighbour’s property
However, Victoria Riscinskis, 39, who had purchased the smart doorbell, said she had done so in order to look after her vulnerable 61-year-old uncle who lives alone at the property.
She said that her uncle had fallen last year and had been on his own for 45 minutes – making the doorbell crucial for his safety.
Her uncle also needs carers to visit four times a day and requires the use of a wheelchair to move around.
Speaking about the situation, she told the Sun Online she had contacted the police, her local council and her MP around 50 times out of fear for the safety of her uncle.
She said: ‘The council needs to take action with their tenant because we can’t keep living with the constant fear of his unpredictable behaviour.
In July, he was also seen attempting to tear the doorbell off of the wall by hand, before returning a couple of weeks later with a screwdriver
‘No one is taking responsibility and enough is enough. How much do we have to put up with until something is done?’
Responding to Victoria’s comments, a Birmingham City Council spokesperson said that their safety team were dealing with the concerns and are working to address them.
While a West Midlands Police spokesman said that they have taken action and investigated each of the reported incidents – which led to Stephen’s prosecution.
They added that they are aware the problems remain ongoing though and remain in contact with Victoria and her family.