A WOMAN fed up with vandals targeting her car turned detective to catch them.
Vandals scratched her Ford Ka on two occasions while she visited a friend on Bridge Street in Holt.
The woman, who did not want to be named, bought a camera to catch the culprit in action.
When her car was damaged a third time the pictures had captured a mischief-maker red handed.
She handed footage to police and the man has been given a conditional caution and ordered to pay £1,700 in compensation.
The car-owner told the Leader: “I started visiting Holt in August last year and my car was scratched almost immediately.
“My friend’s car had been scratched for up to a year by this point too.
“We paid around £125 for two of these cameras and fitted them to the window of our cars.”
On a third occasion, the woman had checked her car was scratch-free in the evening before going into the house.
A couple of hours later she discovered it has been damaged.
She said: “I checked the footage and there he was, clear as day.
“I had no qualms about handing it in to police. The police came round and took a copy of the footage.
“I’m very happy that it’s been resolved, because there are implications for a whole village when there is car crime.
“It pushes up the cost of car insurance, then everybody is made to pay for their actions.
“I’m just so pleased the culprit was caught.”
The woman and her friend will use the compensation owed to them to pay for the re-painting of their cars.
A spokesman for North Wales Police said: “We can confirm that the man responsible has been given a conditional caution and is being made to pay £1,700 in compensation.
“We would recommend these cameras to anybody with an ongoing issue.”