A North Vancouver woman was arrested after she was caught on tape allegedly setting traps to trip up cyclists on local bike trails. The unidentified 64-year-old suspect was arrested Sunday, January 4 by the North Vancouver RCMP following a period of video surveillance. The woman was spotted numerous times on hidden trail cams settling up logs, branches, and rocks as obstacles for cyclists, says the RCMP.
Two local mountain bikers who regularly ride the Quarry and Lower Skull trails, located just off the 1200 block of Dempsey Road, first noticed the obstructions appearing weekly, starting back in August. In December 2014, the bikers bought their own security cameras and installed them on the trails in the hopes of catching the offender on tape.
The North Vancouver RCMP says they were able to use the video evidence to apprehend the woman at the head of Quarry Trail.
Fortunately, no one was injured from the traps.
The woman faces criminal charges for setting traps and committing mischief to property. She is slated to appear in court next month.
“These are serious charges – these are public trails and one should not interfere with the lawful enjoyment of the trails and set up traps or obstacles to potentially endanger the lives of people using them,” said Cpl. Richard De Jong, spokesperson for the North Vancouver RCMP.
The suspect was released from custody on the condition she not go near the trails where she allegedly set the traps.
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