OBX man plagued by vandal cutting brake lines

KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. (WAVY) — Vandalism in an Outer Banks community is creating a very dangerous situation. Someone is cutting brake lines from underneath vehicles.

“It’s a very scary feeling,” said Kill Devil Hills resident Mike Grimmer. “We’re not getting any sleep. I’ve got circles under my eyes from not getting any sleep.”

Grimmer said the fear happens every time gets behind the wheel of his cab.

Photos: OBX taxi driver’s brake lines cut

“I’m getting ready to go on a call, and I’m backing up, and all I get is the brake pedal going straight to the floor board,” he said.

He’s had that feeling not once, but six times in the past year. Someone is cutting the brake lines on the cars parked in front of his Collington Harbour home on Sir Charles Drive.

Grimmer said he lives in the house with his family and doesn’t know who is doing the damage.

“My family is terrified to even drive right now,” Grimmer said. “Every time we drive, we have to check the vehicle. We have to check the gas tanks and we have to check the tires before we even pull out.”

Things have gotten so bad he’s been forced to put cameras up around his home and add motion sensors. He’s even put locks on his gas tank so nothing could be done to that.

“If I had money, I would put out a reward,” Grimmer said. “I would put as much as I could just to capture this person.”

The Dare County Sheriff’s Department said a detective is working the case, but no arrests have been made.

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