A Fort Mill real estate agent ended up in handcuffs after he was allegedly caught on tape cutting down a competitor's business sign.
"Shows him vandalizing the sign, stomping down the sign, that's when I called the authorities," said realtor Art Mullen.
York County Sheriff's Office took real estate agent Daniel LaFranca Jr. into custody Monday afternoon. The deputies were serving a damage of property warrant.
However, Mullen says his hidden camera video solved a five-month mystery.
"I've had a lot of my signs go ahead getting cut up, stolen, vandalized and I never really knew who it was," Mullen told the Charlotte Observer's news partner, News Channel 36. "I was frustrated. So what I did is I had some friends and some colleagues, we set up video surveillance."
Mullen claims the surveillance video shows his former boss, LaFranca, using a box cutter to slash his sign.
"He signed a non-compete clause with my company," LaFranca told us of Mullen.
Mullen says he's done nothing wrong and has had hundreds of signs either stolen or damaged after he stopped working for LaFranca.
"We didn't leave in the best of terms," Mullen said. "I made a lot of money in that company."
LaFranca, a Fort Mill resident, denies wrongdoing.
"That's not you on video?" we asked LaFranca.
"Not that I know of," he responded.
Mullen says it's the ugly side of business during struggling housing market.
"I think it's a sign of the times," said Mullen.
The York County Sheriff's Office told News Channel 36 LaFranca wouldn't face jail time, but if found guilty he could end up paying a fine.