Law enforcement has been finding small sharpened bits of metal littering highways in Texas. These devices, known as caltrops, are capable of forcefully and dangerously deflating tires, causing blow outs and accidents. Law enforcement is asking for help from the general public in identifying a suspect.
According to the Smith County Sheriff’s Office, the caltrops are made from rebar. They are sharpened to four metal points so that there is always a sharp edge sticking up. They are about 3 inches across and have been painted black – apparently to help make them difficult to see against a roadway.
In the past week, the Sheriff’s Office has collected caltrops off of I-20, US-69, and FM314. As many as 30 caltrops have been recovered from just one location. And up to 300 have been found in the past week according to CBS19 in Smith County.
Even possessing caltrops is a felony in Texas. It’s also illegal to manufacture, transport, repair, or sell them. According to the Sheriff’s Office, the caltrops require specialty machinery to make.
If you have any information or if you find any caltrops in the area, you are asked to contact the Smith County Sheriff’s Office at (903) 590-2661.