Driver spots makeshift nail board on road near school

By Josh Hall (Twitter: @Vancan19)
February 11, 2019 - 5:47pm

A resident of Red Deer's Glendale neighbourhood is warning fellow citizens to be careful where they're walking and parking after making an unusual, dangerous discovery over the weekend.

It was Sunday afternoon around 1:30 when Heidi Wilson and her daughter Britney Dibblee were out running errands.

As they passed Aspen Heights Elementary on 69 St. Dr., Dibblee noticed something peaking out of the snow along the curb.

"We did our thing and came back about 10 minutes later and it was still there," says Wilson. "We went and looked, and sure enough it was a piece of cardboard with 30 nails in it, just laying on the side of the road where cars were parked on the street outside of the school."

Wilson says the nails were spray-painted white to match the colour of the board and the snow in an apparent bid to make it unnoticeable.

"We were blown away by what we'd found. We couldn't believe it," Wilson adds. "A bunch of nails laying in front of a school, that's crazy. It was so bizarre, and I've been here for 15 years and never seen anything like that before around here."

Wilson says they reported it to RCMP, who came and took the item away.

Mounties told her sometimes people will have a similar contraption on their private property as a deterrent for would-be thieves, but finding this on public property is a whole different story.

"It was very shocking. The crime is just getting way out of hand lately," Wilson concludes. "It's kind of scary."

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