OZAUKEE COUNTY, Wisconsin (CBS 58) – An arrest was made in connection with a serial investigation into nail dumping in Ozaukee County.
Since late spring 2020, authorities have accused 27-year-old Theodore Drazovic of deliberately installing nails and screws on roads at various junctions in Ozaukee County – most of the cases in Grafton. Officials say nails were also found in the entrances to apartment complexes and businesses. Grafton Police collected 48 reports from citizens showing damage to their vehicle tires. The total damage was worth more than $ 7,000.
On December 28, approximately 30 nails were found at the intersection of Lake Shore Drive and Donges Bay Road in Mequon, and a short time later another 56 roofing nails were found on Lake Shore Drive and Ravine Drive. On the same day, the authorities said, a report was received that Theodore Drazovic had bought two boxes of nails at the Grafton Ace Hardware Store.
While they were collecting the nails, Ozaukee County officials located the Drazovic’s vehicle driving on Falls Road and conducted a traffic break. The authorities found an empty box with roof nails in the vehicle.
When questioned, officials said Drazovic initially denied being involved in nail dumping incidents. However, in a later interview, Drazovic admitted that he was the source of the nail incidents. He told investigators that it was not his intention to damage other people’s cars, but believed that people were following him and that he would throw nails out of his car if he felt threatened by them.
Drazovic has been charged with criminal property damage.