The man admitted to his crime and expressed regret, police say

By Adam Carlson
May 31, 2015 02:45 PM

http://KMSP.images.worldnow.com/interface/js/WNVideo.js?rnd=959603;hostDomain=www.myfoxtwincities.com;playerWidth=630;playerHeight=385;isShowIcon=true;clipId=11545572;flvUri=;partnerclipid=;adTag=News;advertisingZone=;enableAds=true;landingPage=;islandingPageoverride=false;playerType=STANDARD_EMBEDDEDscript;controlsType=fixedKMSP-TVAn 82-year-old Florida man was arrested this month after police say he became so angry during a bingo match that he slashed another player’s tires.

Fred Smith was charged with one count of criminal mischief, a misdemeanor, and released one day after his May 20 booking, according to jail records.

Surveillance footage outside the Lake Ashton retirement community club house in Lake Wales, Florida, appears to show Smith puncturing the tires of a van.

Police say the owner was 88-year-old Ethel Britt, according to Fox 13, and that she angered Smith by taking his favorite bingo seat – so he took an ice pick to her vehicle, puncturing two tires.

“It’s quite frankly a childish-type crime,” Lake Wales Deputy Chief Troy Schulze told the station. “The man admitted to it when the officer told him what he was there to investigate. He was apologetic. He said he was embarrassed. He regretted doing it, but he took ownership of it and said that even in the embarrassment he had to face consequences.”

“If somebody had told me that he would have done that, I would never have believed them,” Britt told Fox 13.

“I didn’t know I had any enemies in my life. I thought everybody was my friend,” she said.

Smith could be required to pay restitution for Britt’s tires, according to Fox 13.

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