A little more than a week after multiple cyclists got flat tires from thumb tacks tossed on Deer Creek Canyon Road, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has a person of interest.
Cycling groups say the roadway is the source of an ongoing feud between bike riders and drivers.
Jen Barnhart and her cycling team headed out on the road around 6 a.m. Sunday, July 3rd, hoping to avoid the heat and drivers, when all of them got flat tires.
“That’s where we started seeing tacks by the hundreds,” she said.
They removed multiple gold thumb tacks from their wheels and spend an hour cleaning up more from the road so no one would get hurt.
While investigating the story, 9NEWS found a piece of the 100-count packaging the tacks came in.
“The label that you guys discovered at 9NEWS when you were out covering the story, was greatly beneficial to us,” said Mark Techmeyer, spokesperson for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.
The small piece of green and white paper lead investigators to a JeffCo King Soopers grocery store.
“Well, they were in the King Soopers the night before and purchased a large number of thumb tacks. So, coincidence? Maybe. But perhaps not, so we’d like to clarify that,” said Techmeyer.
It’s not clear exactly what this man in the dark baseball cap has in his hands in the photograph, but officials are calling him a person-of-interest they’d like to speak with. They’re asking for the public’s help to identify him.
Anyone with information or who may have gotten a flat tire from this case is asked to call the JeffCo Sheriff’s Office at 303-271-0211…
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You might be able to help with preventing future tacks being thrown on roads–but Jefferson County Sheriffs need help–your help. They want to open an investigation but so far no “victims” have come forth. If you or someone you know was on Deer Creek Canyon last week and flatted (hopefully not crashed) due to the tacks being thrown on the road it’s imperative you call the Sheriff’s office at 303-277-0211 and refer to case 16-16683.