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Booby-Trapped Nail Boards, Barbed Wire Found On Popular North Jersey Trail

A board has screws and nails driven through it. Photo Credit: COURTESY: Wayne PD
How the board looked covered up. Photo Credit: COURTESY: Wayne PD

WAYNE, N.J. -- Someone has been placing booby traps on a popular North Jersey mountain trail, Wayne police said Thursday.

A frequent visitor to High Mountain Park told police he's found hidden wooden boards with screws or nails sticking out, broken bottles and barbed wire strung across paths over the past several weeks, Capt. Laurence Martin said.

"This is the first report of this type of incident that has been brought to our attention," Martin said. "The Wayne Police Detective Bureau is actively investigating this and is currently focusing on the area that the resident has encountered problems."

The park is shared among Wayne, North Haledon and Franklin Lakes. William Paterson University police have parking lots in their jurisdiction, as well.

"These events pose a serious risk to hikers and mountain bikers who use the High Mountain Park for recreation.

"We are asking the public's assistance to be mindful of these style of booby-trap hazards...some placed just under the road surface, to injure persons on foot or disable bicycle tires," the captain said.

"The barbed wire and rope that was strung across the path ways raises the threat to serious injury or death," he added.

Martin asked that anyone with who sees something suspicious at the park or has information that could help the investigation to call local police.

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