Man repeatedly filmed trying to damage his neighbor’s doorbell camera
A man is repeatedly filmed trying to damage his neighbor’s doorbell camera with pliers and a hammer because it “overlooks his house”
- Stephen Grove, 56, caught on CCTV damaging a neighbor’s video doorbell
- Pleaded guilty to criminal damages in August and was conditionally released for 12 months
- He claimed he felt like a prisoner in his home as the camera looked at his property
- Victoria Riscinskis said she had set up a doorbell to care for her vulnerable uncle
A neighbor was filmed attempting to sabotage the Ring doorbell on the neighboring property, claiming it overlooked his home.
Stephen Grove, 56, had attempted to damage the Birmingham bungalow’s video doorbell three times in 2021 – leading to a court appearance after cutting wires with a pair of pliers.
He pleaded guilty to criminal damages in August after CCTV caught him in the act and was given a 12-month conditional discharge.
The incident involving the clamp happened in March, when he was also filmed using a marker on the doorbell lens just days after his court appearance.
Stephen Grove, 56, had attempted to damage the Birmingham bungalow’s video doorbell three times in 2021 (pictured attempting to damage the doorbell with a screwdriver)
And in July, he was also seen attempting to pry the doorbell off the wall by hand, before returning a few weeks later with a screwdriver.
Stephen was also seen in December putting a hammer on another camera on the property and covering the doorbell lens with a marker.
Speaking to Sun Online, Stephen said he felt he had to act because the doorbell was on his own house.
He told the website: “It’s pathetic, I know. But I feel like a prisoner. I open the gate and the camera looks me straight in the eye. It is not fair.
He pleaded guilty to criminal damages in August after CCTV captured him cutting wires with a pair of pliers and was sentenced to 12 months on parole. Pictured: Stephen using a hammer to change the position of a camera on his neighbor’s property
However, Victoria Riscinskis, 39, who purchased the smart doorbell, said she did so to care for her vulnerable 61-year-old uncle who lives alone on the property.
She said her uncle fell last year and was left alone for 45 minutes, making the doorbell crucial for her safety.
Her uncle also needs caregivers to visit her four times a day and needs a wheelchair to get around.
Speaking about the situation, she told Sun Online that she contacted the police, her local council and her deputy about 50 times out of fear for her uncle’s safety.
She said: “The council needs to take action with their tenant as we cannot continue to live with the constant fear of their unpredictable behavior.
In July, he was also seen trying to pry the doorbell off the wall by hand, before returning a few weeks later with a screwdriver.
“Nobody takes 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 her security team was dealing with the issues and working to resolve them.
While a spokesperson for West Midlands Police said they took action and investigated each of the reported incidents – which led to Stephen’s prosecution.
They added that they were aware the issues persisted and kept in touch with Victoria and her family.