Police are investigating after a group of thugs trashed a van using hammers, poles and sticks
Peter Chalmers, 30, was in his flat on Balunie Crescent, Douglas, when the group started attacking the vehicle.
The former Lawside Academy pupil – who chased after the perpetrators in his socks – has urged anyone with any information about what happened to come forward.
Footage of the incident was caught on CCTV.
One man could be seen with a pole in his hand landing several blows on the vehicle.
The 30-second clip also showed the passenger window and front windscreen being smashed.
The culprits inflicted between £3,000 and £4,000-worth of damage on the Vauxhall Vivaro – and Peter said he feared that his vehicle was targeted deliberately.
Peter said: “The van is now a write-off. They’ve used a hammer – part of it ended up coming off inside the van.
“They were also using sticks and poles.
“I was surprised at how quickly they did a number on my van – it was all over in less than a minute.
“Once I saw what was happening I went out and gave chase on foot on to Balunie Drive.”
Peter said that the men then got back into their cars before driving off.
He said: “One of the vehicles was a red Volkswagen Golf – once I saw the men getting into the cars I went back and got a car to drive around the local area.”
Peter contacted police who came to inspect the damage and look at CCTV footage of the incident.
Peter said: “There is no question that my vehicle has been targeted.
“Another car that I was looking after was damaged on the previous evening.
“You can see from the CCTV that there are other vehicles parked in the vicinity that haven’t been damaged.”
Peter had previously used the van to carry out removals as a self- employed driver.
He had planned on returning to that line of work with his company, Handy M8 Movers.
He said: “At the end of the day, the van is just an object. But this has put any possible work on hold at the moment.
“They’ve caused about £3,000- £4,000 worth of damage, so the van is essentially a write-off.
“It would need a complete overhaul to repair it. I’m working with the insurers at the moment.”
A police spokeswoman said inquiries into the incident, which took place on Thursday, are ongoing.
Peter said: “If anyone saw anything out of the ordinary I would urge them to get in contact with the police.”