Police in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in the U.S. have arrested a man who allegedly cut the brake lines on dozens of public scooters this year. The man has been identified by police as 59-year-old Randall Thomas Williams of Fort Lauderdale, though a possible motive has not yet been released.
The arrest was first reported by NBC Miami, which notes that local police say 140 e-scooters have had their brakes cut in the area this year. Williams has been linked to twenty of the vandalised scooters and has allegedly caused roughly $2,100 in damage, according to police. But there are dozens of other incidents that appear to fit the same pattern dating back to April.
Police posted Ring camera footage of a man, identified by police as Williams, to YouTube. The man, who’s apparently one of those lawless Baby Boomers we keep hearing about, can be seen approaching the Lime-brand scooters and places something on the scooter’s QR activation code before walking off camera for a short time. He then returns with a tool in hand and appears to cut the brake lines.
Williams has been charged with criminal mischief, a third degree felony and released on a $750 bond.
Public scooters and bicycles have been a controversial addition to the urban landscape ever since their widespread introduction globally just a few years ago, causing outrage in some residents who believe they’re unsightly. Many cities around the world have grappled with citizens chucking the vehicles into large bodies of water, like they do in Portland.
But even if you hate the scooters, it’s a bad idea to cut the brake lines and endanger the lives of innocent people.