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Man Sleeps in His Car for a Month to Catch Serial Car Scratcher

Monday, November 28, 2016 9:00
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A Belorussian man who had had his car scratched over 20 times in the last six months, finally managed to catch the perpetrator in the act after sleeping in the vehicle for a month.

Finding your car scratched is unpleasant, but definitely not uncommon, which is why Kot Matroskin, a driver from Minsk, Belarus, didn’t pay much attention when it first happened to him, about six months ago. But after noticing subsequent scratches on the fender of his Volkswagen Polo, in a relatively short period of time, he started looking for clues about who might want to scratch his car and why. He was soon able to deduct that the scratching occurred only when he parked his car near a pedestrian walkway at the entrance of a park, and seemed to be done with the same object, as the scratches all looked very similar.

In a story posted recently on automotive forum Scooter Club, Kot points out that he only parks in that particular spot when there aren’t any other places available near his apartment building, and always makes sure not to leave his car on the grass or block pedestrian traffic. But that didn’t seem to matter to whoever had it in for him, as new scratches kept showing up on his vehicle. He started thinking about people he might have had conflict with recently, but revenge didn’t seem likely, as scratching only occurred when he left his car near the park.


Determined to get some answers, the man left a note in the window of his car asking the person who had made a habit of scratching his car why they were doing it. He even posted his email address, so the perpetrator could answer his question even if they feared a face-to-face confrontation. That didn’t work out as he had planned, as he got no messages, and the scratching continued. He then installed a camera on the dashboard of his car, hoping to catch the person in the act, but apart from some pedestrian passing suspiciously close to his car, the footage didn’t reveal anything useful. Matroskin realized that it was impossible to tell if someone was scratching the car as they passed by from the video, so he decided that he only had two options – find another place to park or catch this criminal himself.
The Belorussian driver admits that this last month was tough. Having to spend several hours in a sleeping bag on the backseat of his car, unable to get any sleep, only to go home disappointed was hard to deal with. But luckily, his sacrifice was not in vain. On the morning of November 27, at 5:40 am, he heard someone pass by the car, followed by the  characteristic long scraping sound of metal on metal. He quickly got out to confront his nemesis, but instead of the manly vandal he had imagined, he came face to face with a little old lady with white hair sticking out from under a funny hat.


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