Deputies investigate after nails found scattered on roads in Scottsville

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UPDATE: Monore County Sheriff’s Deputies have cleaned up most or all the nails using magnets or by hand. Deputies found only four more on Friday, at the intersection of North Rd. and Chili Rd.

SCOTTSVILLE, N.Y. — Residents in the Village of Scottsville were surprised when they stepped outside and saw nails scattered along some of their roads.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s office has opened up an investigation after there have been multiple reports of blown tires. Deputies cleaned up the nails with a magnet or by hand.

News10NBC’s Stephanie Duprey spoke with neighbors who were picking up nails off the street, look at that handful of nails. They’ve been on the lookout, after reports of suspicious activity of vandals leaving these nails in the middle of intersections.

“If it’s on purpose that’s not good, it’s pretty nasty actually,” Ed, a community member told us.

Ed, says he went out hunting for nails to help his neighborhood.

“I happened to look down and found this, so I picked it up and put it in my pocket, figured someone could puncture a tire.”

So far, the intersections that fell victim were. Browns Avenue, Rochester Street and Race Street. A handful was found on the corner of Browns Ave and Genesee Street.

On the village Facebook community page, about five people said their tires were blown out because of this. Neighbors say this type of malicious behavior is dangerous.

“It’s disappointing and worrisome that anybody would actively sabotage our streets, any of us could have our tire blown out, lose control and it would be terrible, it would be a tragedy instead of an inconvenience,” Jim Yarrington told us, who lives nearby one of the intersections that had nails scattered across it.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office told us it has opened an investigation. They sent News10NBC the following statement:

“The mayor of the Village of Scottsville contacted our B-zone community engagement deputy, more as a conversation to ask if we knew about nails in some of the intersections. As a result of that conversation, MCSO is writing a report for a suspicious condition.”

This investigation is fresh so there are no leads on a suspect. Members of that community are urging their neighbors to use their camera doorbells to help and in the meantime, be overly cautious when driving in those areas.