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Reward offered after tacks found again on rail trail

David Weissman
505-5431/@DispatchDavid

Another 70 to 100 small upholstery-style tacks were found on the southern portion of the York County Heritage Rail Trail on Sunday, according to a county news release.

At least five bicyclists reported flat tires from the tacks, which were cleaned up by citizens and the county's Department of Parks and Recreation staff using magnets, the release states.

This is the third time in six weeks that tacks have been found on the 21-mile trail, and the department is offering $500 for information leading to the arrest of those responsible.

Tacks found on rail trail in Glen Rock

Seventy to 100 tacks were found most recently in the Glen Rock area of the trail in late July.

From left, Sam Reimold, of Stewartstown, Vic Winstead, of Springettsbury Township, Dennis Lerew, of Seven Valleys, Paul Fialcowitz, of Spring Grove, and Bob Beaver, also of Spring Grove, along with Jake Hoover, not pictured, were acknowledged  by the York County Rail Trail Authority for their dedication with the Trail Champion Award. Thursday, October 31, 2013. John A. Pavoncello photo - jpavoncello@yorkdispatch.com

“We’re asking for the community’s help in finding whoever is responsible for this thoughtless behavior,” Michael Fobes, manager of natural resources for the department, said in the release. “Although it should not deter people from using the trail, we ask users to stay vigilant and help us catch whoever is involved.”

Fobes, who has been with the department for 25 years, said he had never received reports of tacks on the rail trail before this year.

The parks department will increase ranger patrols in the area, according to the release.

Anyone who sees suspicious behavior is asked to call 911.