Dangerous homemade spikes placed on the road have damaged multiple cars south of Tallangatta.
Three motorists have come to police since Saturday morning after running over the spikes in the Callaghan Creek Road area near Dartmouth.
Tallangatta Leading Senior Constable Mikel Mason said the spikes were about 5 centimetres high on a 10x10 centimetre base.
“The spikes are homemade, it’s a flat bit of steel with a sharpened metal rod welded to it,” he said.
“It’s happened sometime in the past week.”
The first victim was driving along the road on Saturday morning when two of his tyres were punctured as he hit the spikes.
“He’s pulled over and he located these embedded into his tyres,” Leading Senior Constable Mason said.
“It’s likely they’ve been concealed along the road for anyone to come along.”
It’s likely they’ve been concealed along the road for anyone to come along.Leading Senior Constable Mikel Mason
Another car punctured a tyre on Saturday and a third victim came forward to police on Monday, alerting them to the spikes.
Each victim was forced to pay for new tyres because of the serious damage.
Leading Senior Constable Mason said police were concerned the spikes had been constructed and concealed on the road.
They were not just a danger to cars, but bushwalkers and horses which were sometimes in the area.
Sergeant Larry Goldsworthy said police were worried the hidden spikes could cause serious injuries if they were accidentally stepped on by a person or an animal.
“We don’t condone any sort of man-traps like that,” he said.
“We think they’ve put them in a puddle area so you wouldn’t necessarily see it.
“You’re probably not going to walk through that, but certainly a horse would and it could do some serious damage.”
Police inspected the Callaghan Creek Road area, but could not see any further spikes.
The road has a sealed surface and runs from Tallangatta South to Mitta.
While it is usually a quiet road, there are cars which travel it regularly. Anyone else who ran over one of the spikes is asked to report the incident to police so officers can compile a full account of the damage caused.
They are also working on catching the offender and have asked anyone with information to report it to Tallangatta police on (02) 60712204 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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