Someone's spreading nails near Ferndale police station — again

Mike Martindale
The Detroit News
A pile of nails left near the Ferndale police station

Ferndale — For the second time in two weeks, someone has sprinkled nails around the Ferndale police station and nearby district court in an apparent effort to damage tires on patrol cars.

Ferndale Police Sgt. Barron Brown said Thursday the most recent incident is believed to have occurred between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Monday and was discovered before any vehicles were damaged.

"The first incident damaged a patrol car, a court employee's vehicle and a car driven by an elderly resident visiting city hall," said Brown. "That's bad enough but our concern is it's only a matter of time before a patrol car may not be able to respond to a public safety emergency."

Brown said "hundreds of nails" were scattered or left in piles in areas routinely used by patrol cars.

In the first incident, police released a videotape of a man seen walking around the court building. That man surrendered to police and, after questioning, was cleared of any wrongdoing, Brown said.

Police are hoping anyone with information about the vandalism or who may have seen anything suspicious near the two city buildings will contact them. Damage to a police vehicle is a felony and the other offenses are misdemeanors punishable by jail and fines.

Tipsters should call police at (248) 541-3650 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-SPEAKUP.

(248) 338-0319