Suspect drops hundreds of screws in Ferndale police, district court parking lots

Screws deflate tires on 3 vehicles

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published November 2, 2018

 Ferndale police are asking for the public's help to identify this suspect, who police believe dropped an estimated 400-500 screws in the parking lots of the Ferndale Police Department and the 43rd District Court.

Ferndale police are asking for the public's help to identify this suspect, who police believe dropped an estimated 400-500 screws in the parking lots of the Ferndale Police Department and the 43rd District Court.

Photo provided by the Ferndale Police Department

FERNDALE — Authorities are looking for a suspect who dumped hundreds of screws in the Ferndale district court and police parking lots, which damaged the tires of several vehicles.

The Ferndale Police Department discovered the screws in its own parking lot after a police scout vehicle suffered a flat tire at around mid-morning on Monday, Oct. 29, according to Sgt. Baron Brown.

“We had a scout car get a flat tire, and then somebody happened to notice the screws laying around,” he said. “Once we started finding all the screws in our lot, then kind of shortly thereafter, within a couple of minutes, (a 43rd District Court) employee got the flat tire and we found out about that.”

The court and the Police Department stand across the street from each other along Nine Mile Road, east of Woodward Avenue.

In addition to the court employee, Brown said police also were alerted to a woman who was visiting the court whose vehicle got a flat tire as well. He estimated that there were around 400 to 500 screws that had been dropped in the parking lots by the suspect.

“On the courthouse video, you can actually see them dumping the screws,” Brown said. Security footage also was obtained from nearby private businesses that police will review.

The Ferndale Police Department on its social media accounts released images of the suspect who dumped the nails in the parking lots.

To a certain extent, Brown said, the Police Department is prepared to deal with such an act.

“We’re surprised, but it’s not something out of the realm of possibility or the things that we train for or train ourselves to think about, but definitely it’s being attacked at your home and that’s something that hits a little closer to home than normal,” he said.

Many of the screws were picked up by hand. A street sweeper also went through the lots.

Anyone with information on the suspect’s identity is asked to call the Ferndale Police Department at (248) 541-3650 or Crime Stoppers of Michigan at (800) 773-2587.