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Man, 63, arrested for throwing screws, nails onto northwest metro roads

As many as 150 drivers reported tire damage as a result.
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Police investigating a series of incidents that saw nails and screws strewn over northwest Twin Cities roads have made an arrest.

The 63-year-old Elk River man admitted to police he had thrown "dozens of screws" on Sherburne County roads in the last two months, the Sherburne County Sheriff announced on Monday.

He is now awaiting formal charges and his first court appearance, after his vehicle was spotted by a resident near Zimmerman Terrace Park, which matched the description of the grey Jeep SUV Big Lake police had been looking for in connection with multiple incidents.

The call came in at 8:06 a.m. Monday, with the caller noting the SUV had made a few trips through the trailer park and was acting suspiciously.

A Sherburne County deputy stopped the SUV in Zimmerman minutes later, with the driver admitting to having screws in the vehicle, showing police a five pound box of them

"During questioning he admitted to throwing screws on various roadways numerous times," the sheriff's office said.

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As many as 150 reports of tire damage has been reported in the last 2 months in Big Lake, while dozens of similar calls have been received in Sherburne County.

"Investigators are following up on all of those reports and trying to determine a motive for [the suspect's] actions," the sheriff's office added.

BMTN does not generally ID suspects until they have been charged.

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