$5,000 Reward Offered After Dozens Of Vehicles Damaged By Metal Tacks In Hickory Police Department’s Parking Lot

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Governor Roy Cooper announced that the State is offering a reward up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for putting metal tacks in the Hickory Police Department’s parking lot.  See below for more details.

Original Story (Posted Feb. 17, 2020):

HICKORY, N.C. — Hickory Police say they are using their digital forensic lab to review video footage of the suspect who put metal tacks in the department’s parking lot.

On February 14th, police administrators were contacted after multiple police vehicles and several civilian vehicles were found with metal tacks in the tires.

During a search of the parking lot, police say over fifty black 1/2″ metal tacks were located in the employee parking access areas and the public parking lots at the police department.

As a result, the tires on 20 police vehicles were damaged.  The vehicles had to be removed from service until repaired.  In addition, 10 civilian vehicles belonging to employees and members of the public were also damaged.

Anyone who visited the Hickory Police Department on Thursday, February 13th or Friday, February 14th are encouraged to check their vehicle tires from damage.  Reach out to the Hickory Police Department if your tires are damaged.  They can be reached at 828-328-5551.

“This is more serious than a mere damage to property. This act put lives at risk and is inexcusable. Once we identify those responsible, we will pursue charges to the fullest extent to the law,” said Chief Thurman Whisnant.