In October last year Le Matin reported that residents in a street in Pully, near Lausanne, had for years seen their parked cars damaged by unknown persons scratching the bodywork with a key.
For 200m along one particular street, all the cars parked there had been ‘keyed’, said the paper.
The exasperated residents finally teamed up to try and catch the perpetrator using video surveillance.
And the identity of the alleged vandal turned out to be something of a surprise – a retired octogenarian who had lived in the area for more than 50 years.
“I would never have thought it,” said one resident, describing him as a nice man who liked going on holiday with his wife.
“You never suspect the nice ones,” he added.
Speaking to the paper at the time, the OAP admitted to keying a car “once” because he didn’t like the fact so many cars were parked on the street.
On Monday he was found guilty by a Vevey court of damaging 15 cars over a four-year period, causing 13,000 francs worth of damage, reported 20 Minutes.
The pensioner told the court there were so many cars in the street that he was never able to find a place to park his own.
The judge said the defendant had acted crazily and created considerable damage, and fined him 4,800 francs, suspended.