Residents in Butler County are reporting that someone is creating destructive wooden devices and placing them on a busy road in an attempt to damage vehicles.
The suspicious contraptions, according to neighbors, are popping up along State Route 177 near Darrtown in Butler County.
The devices are sliced pieces of wood that are spray painted gray and filled with nails.
"It took a little thought, especially to spray paint it to match the road," Dawn King, who lives in the area, said.
King said that her husband found one of the gadgets near their driveway over the weekend. The couple said that they quickly determined that the device was man-made and made with a purpose.
"It's just malicious," King said. "There is no good intent."
King said that four devices have been discovered thus far, and all four were positioned on the edge of the road.
"Alarming," King said. "They're not just tossing them out windows. They're strategically probably placing them."
One local driver said that she was nailed with a flat tire, but she can't say for sure if one of the contraptions caused it.
King said that the tricky tools haven't hurt anyone so far, but that doesn't mean it won't happen.
"Everyone is pretty horrified that they could run over this, that it could cause a pretty bad accident," King said.
It's not clear who the creator is targeting or why, but Butler County Sheriff's deputies are investigating the situation.
"They are having patrols in this area," King said. "Please stop before you get caught. There's no reason to hurt someone."
Anyone with any information is asked to call the sheriff's office and report it.
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