Police said the incident is considered “highly dangerous to general public safety and the safety of our officers. Incidents of vandalism to tires could cause potential vehicle crashes due to tire failure or more importantly, the inability of emergency personnel to reach citizens in need due to the inoperability of vehicles.”
Anyone who visited the police department on either Feb. 13 or Feb. 14 and thinks they suffered damage to their car that requires a police report for documentation can get a copy, free of charge, at police headquarters.
“This is more serious than 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 Police Chief Thurman Whisnant.
Right now, police do not have a motive behind the vandalism, but Michael Ritchie, who has repaired tires for 40 years, said the small nails can do a lot of damage.
“They can actually puncture a tire, especially if you get two, three or four of them,” Ritchie, from Sigs Tire, said. “It can make a tire go down quick.”
This investigation is ongoing and anyone with information should call Hickory police at 828-328-5551.