Florida police arrest man for cutting 140 scooter brake lines
The suspect has been charged with criminal mischief, a third-degree felony.
Fort Lauderdale police have arrested a man for cutting brake lines on electric scooters.
Authorities launched an investigation in April as the vandalism spree put more than 140 scooters out of service due to non-functioning brakes. The majority of incidents occurred near a single block of East Broward Boulevard.
Police finally caught up with 59-year-old Fort Lauderdale resident Randall Williams, leading to an arrest while he was "in the act" of tampering with several scooters. Further investigation found 20 more scooters with cut brakes nearby. Williams has consequently been charged with criminal mischief, a third-degree felony.
"The Fort Lauderdale Police Department had previously notified the electric scooter vendor who proactively removed the scooters in the vicinity from service to avoid rider injury," the department said in a press release.
It is unclear if the vandalism led to any accidents. Florida's flat topography may not bring the same risk as similar tampering that has been reported in hillier cities such as San Francisco.
The issue has reportedly become widespread as vigilantes across the country destroy scooters or throw them into bodies of water, apparently battling an invasion of the shared 'mobility' vehicles that have become increasingly popular in many cities.