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Police investigate nail spikes found in Montgomery County along Beach Drive

Since the month of July, officers have received five calls for service of reports for wooden boards with protruding nails/screws found along Beach Drive.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. — Nail spikes found along Beach Drive between Garrett Park Road and Knowles Avenue have community member warning their neighbors and police investigating how the hazards ended up there.

Maryland-National Capital Park Police told WUSA9 that its officers have an open investigation of the nail spikes found. 

Since July, officers have received five calls for service of reports for wooden boards with protruding nails/screws found along Beach Drive. Park Police does not believe accidental occurrence is to blame, but instead the deliberate act of someone due to the frequency of incidents at one location.

Pictures from Matthew Tifford show the nail spikes that the police are investigating.

Credit: Matthew Tifford
Nail spikes found along Beach Drive between Garrett Park Road and Knowles Avenue have community member warning their neighbors and police investigating how the hazards ended up there.

“I wanted to alert people, cyclists and drivers alike, that someone has been placing homemade spike strips along Beach Drive in the stretch between Strathmore Ave and Garrett Park Road," said Tifford.

The hazards could cause an array of problems for locals in the area.

Montgomery County driver Victor Policarpio called the person behind the alleged acts “cruel and mean."

“I don’t know why you would do that,” he said.

Cyclists are concerned about the activity too. Montgomery County resident Eric Griffin went for a ride on his bike in the area Wednesday. He said if a cyclist were to hit the spiked planks, it could cause significant physical harm.

“If a cyclist hits that, whether it’s 15 or 20 miles per hour, that’s catastrophic,” Griffin said.

Police say no one has been hurt or has popped a tire because of the spiked planks yet.

If you should observe suspicious behavior, find a similar hazard, or have any additional information to provide, please contact the Park Police at 301-949-8010. Tips may also be submitted online to Crimetips@mncparkpolice.org

Credit: WUSA9
Since the month of July, officers have received five calls for service of reports for wooden boards with protruding nails/screws found along Beach Drive.

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