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Sep 9, 2013 1:12 AM by Matthew Schwartz

Bike tacks keep popping up along Mt. Lemmon highway

Tucson--Bicyclists tell the News 4 Tucson Investigators that the tacks are back on bike paths. We first reported in May that someone was putting thumb tacks on paths. Initially, most were found in a three to four mile stretch from Tanque Verde to the base of Mount Lemmon. Later, tacks were found across town at Gates Pass.

The tacks caused countless cyclists to get flat tires. In fact while taping our first report we came across a bicyclist who got a flat moments before we arrived, and took a photo of it. The number of cyclists finding tacks seemed to decline until the past couple of weeks.

"Now it appears that the person or persons are back and as active as ever."

That's what Damion Alexander told the News 4 Tucson Investigators. He's a passionate local cyclist. Alexander has collected almost $3,000 for a reward leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever's putting tacks on bike paths. He and other cyclists say that the latest incidents of tacks being found were on Snyder Rd. near Catalina Highway.

Alexander says, "Please stop doing this, we all have the right to the road."

What we would like people to do when they see these tacks when they're out is to contact us.

Pima County Sheriff's Department spokesman Dep. Tracy Suitt says this case is still wide open, no arrests have been made. He says not enough bicyclists are calling law enforcement when they find tacks. Many bicyclists seem to complain to each other about the problem, but not report it. And instead of saving the tacks for investigators, many bicyclists just throw them into the desert.

Suitt told the News 4 Tucson Investigators, "What we would like people to do when they see these tacks when they're out is to contact us. If they see a suspicious vehicle around the tacks, if they see a license plate they can give us, let us know. Because anything will help us in solving this."

Alexander says, "What's being done is wrong, so we would love to see it, the person found and brought to justice."

Investigators emphasize that anyone who sees tacks on bike paths should not throw them away. They need to save the tacks and call the sheriff's department immediately.

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