Nightmare neighbor caught sabotaging man’s doorbell camera after claiming she was towering over his house in a furious row
A NIGHTMARE neighbor continues to try to sabotage the Ring doorbell on his next door after claiming it towers over his house in an explosive neighborhood row.
Victoria Riscinskis, 39, installed the smart security gadget to monitor the welfare of her vulnerable uncle, 61, who lives alone.
But the doorbell has sparked a ding-dong with neighbor Stephen Grove, 56, who claims it overlooks his house and has launched a campaign against the camera.
Grove has tried damaging the bell at least three times this year – but his only success is being captured by crystal-clear definition.
And his antics resulted in him being taken to court and pleading guilty to criminal damage when CCTV showed him cutting his wires with pliers.
On another occasion, Grove was seen carrying a hammer to another camera in the house – and last month was filmed appearing to degrade the Ring lens with a marker.
And in one bizarre clip, he’s nearly flattened by the door after allegedly removing the hinges.
‘PUSHING US TO THE EDGE’
And he confessed to Sun Online that his attempts had been “pathetic,” but argued that he felt like a prisoner in his own home on camera.
But Victoria, whose uncle has a learning disability and whom Sun Online does not name, argued that she needed the camera to make sure her parent was safe.
She said: “Last year he fell and was alone for 45 minutes. The camera is therefore very important so that we can check its well-being.
“The last thing you want is to argue with your neighbor, but he pushes us to the brink.
“Honestly, I’ve had enough.
West Midlands Police said they took action but were aware the problems “continued” in the row.
The bell was attached to a wall of a common entrance to the two adjacent bungalows in Birmingham, West Mids, in January after caregivers reported they were being harassed.
In March, the camera captured him using pliers to cut wires, leading him to admit criminal damages in front of magistrates last month.
Yet, just days after his court appearance – for which he was conditionally released after admitting criminal damage – he was seen appearing to pick up a pen in front of the camera lens.
In July, the Ring also picked up Grove while trying to pry the bell off the wall with their hands. A week later he was filmed using a screwdriver to hit the lens.
Victoria: “I have probably contacted the police, the council and my MP 50 times. It has become like a full time job for me. I can’t keep doing this – I’m so worried about my uncle. I just want him to be moved now for his own safety.
“The board needs to act with its tenant because we cannot continue to live with the constant fear of their unpredictable behavior.
“No one takes responsibility and that’s enough. How much do we have to put up with until something is done? “
Victoria has revealed that she is increasingly afraid for her vulnerable uncle, who needs a wheelchair and caregivers four times a day.
She claimed their common door had been replaced six times because Grove tampered with the locks or hinges.
‘I REGRET THIS’
In December, Grove was seen hitting a CCTV camera in an out of position back garden with a hammer after wandering off his property at midnight.
She added: “I promised my grandmother that I would always take care of him.
“He doesn’t have the life you or I have – and what little life he does have is being ruined by the man next door.”
Grove admitted criminal damage caused by the wire cut in August. The magistrates granted him a conditional release of 12 months.
When approached by Sun Online, Grove said he believed the doorbell had trespassed on his home’s entrance.
But he admitted his antics were “pathetic”.
He said: “It’s pathetic, I know. But I feel like a prisoner. I open the door and the camera looks me straight in the eye. It’s just not right.
“But I did something stupid and I regret it.”
A spokesperson for Birmingham City Council said: “Our community safety team is addressing the issues raised and will work with partner organizations, as appropriate, to address them.”
A West Midlands Police spokesperson said: ‘We know the importance of feeling safe in your own home and understand how unsettling it is if you don’t think it’s a safe place.
“We took action and investigated the incidents that were reported to us, which resulted in criminal damages claims in the courts.
“However, we understand that the problems persist and that officers remain in regular contact with the victim and his family to resolve the situation.”