A VANDAL who took revenge on a real-life Del Boy after claiming he was sold a faulty Sky box was caught attacking the trader’s famed yellow three wheeler on camera.
Thomas O’Dea, 62, of Edmonton Road, Blackpool, took his anger out on the Reliant Robin car used to advertise the Del Buyz store in Cleveleys, after owner Michael Kiely refused to take the digital TV box back.
But the hapless vandal did not bargain on Del Buyz’ security camera being switched on, filming him scratching the panels of the iconic three wheeler.
O’Dea admitted criminal damage to the vehicle in April and Blackpool magistrates gave him a 12 month conditional discharge.
But Mr Kiely’s demand for £250 compensation was dismissed and reduced to £36 to pay for new paintwork.
Speaking to The Gazette, the frustrated shop owner, said: “I couldn’t believe it when I turned up for work and saw the car had been vandalised.
“I thought it was kids at first and was absolutely horrified, but when I looked at the CCTV I couldn’t believe what I was watching.
“It was a middle aged bloke who turned up on his bike, looked through the store window and up at the camera before going round the car scratching panels.
“I recognised him as a customer who had tried to return a Sky box, but when I checked the serial number on the box it didn’t match the one I had sold him.
“He took the box outside and smashed it on the floor, I thought that would be the last I saw of him but no he turned up on my CCTV.”
Mr Kiely said he may take private action against O’Dea as he claims it will cost around £250 for the vehicle to be repaired.
He said it was the first time he had caught anyone on camera at the Bispham Road store.
He added: “I take down every customers name and address so it was easy to tell the police who it was.”
Blackpool Magistrates yesterday heard how O’Dea attacked the car out of ‘retaliation’ because Del Buyz refused to reimburse him.
Martin Hillson, defending, said: “My client is unemployed and on incapacity benefit.
“He bought several items from Del Buyz and if they did not work was given replacements.
“But when it came to the dud satellite box he wanted his money back but when he was refused, he returned and did the damage out of frustration.
“This is an old Reliant with a flat tyre used to advertise the business - a gimmick on the Only Fools and Horses TV programme.
“It was a case of him feeling peeked about the way he had been treated.”