Police inspect spikes and nails in parking lot of GOP office in Charlevoix Co.

Police said a $2,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people who nailed a vehicle near the Republican Party in Charlevoix County.

Boyne City Police officers were called to the party’s residence at 123 North Park Street on Saturday to report that someone had left several items nearby. Authorities said the items were designed to damage vehicles at the address.

Investigators have collected evidence from the scene and are under investigation. An anonymous donor is offering a $2,000 reward, police said.

Charlevoix County Republican Chairman John Jarema said in a statement that one of the party’s volunteers stepped on one of the “wheel spikes” and immediately alerted others. The devices, he said, were made from flat glass covers with roofing nails pressed in and painted black to blend in with the black of the parking lot. One of the tires of at least one vehicle was found.

“Whoever attacked our republican office clearly intended to cause bodily harm,” Jarema said. – Thank God, no one was hurt.

He criticized the practice, saying that Americans disagree on issues and vote, but they don’t attack others.

“We condemn this horrific act of violence against our organization and the families who live in the homes above our office.”

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