He was only known by three "X"-marks scratched into Hummers – many Hummers. He might never have been found if one Hummer owner had not installed his own vehicle surveillance system.
It was installed because his Hummer has been defaced before. The Hummer was keyed in the Southlake high school parking lot a week ago. It belonged to a student.
According to WFAA News, “Tips keep pouring into Southlake police after releasing the now-infamous video of a gray-haired man using a key to vandalize a Hummer.”
The vandal was arrested Friday evening. 72-year-old James Jeppe of Southlake, Texas, is charged with malicious mischief. Jeppe turned himself in and was released Friday afternoon on $1,000 bond. He faces up to $20,000. in fines.
Jeppe said he was under financial strain and that’s why he keyed the Hummer. According to the Tarrant Appraisal District, Jeppe’s house is valued at $357,000.
Several Eco-terrorist vandalism attacks on Hummers can be viewed on YouTube.
View the surrender and arrest video here.