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Mountain bike trail traps trigger arrest of North Vancouver woman

01/07/2015 12:15 EST | Updated 03/09/2015 05:59 EDT
A 64-year-old woman is facing criminal charges for allegedly setting traps on some popular North Vancouver mountain bike trails.

Police say she was arrested after local mountain bikers caught her on hidden video cameras allegedly placing dangerous obstacles across the trails.

The mountain bikers first became concerned about the problem in August when they noticed that someone was placing logs, branches and rocks across the Quarry and Lower Skull trails every week.

The two bikers decided to buy and install some security cameras on the trails in the hopes of capturing an image of the offender.

Police said the woman, whose identity has yet to be released, was arrested on Sunday at the head of Quarry Trail.

She appeared before a Justice of the Peace and was released on the condition that she not to go near any biking trails, said police.

Cpl. Richard DeJong of the North Vancouver RCMP said they have recommended Crown prosecutors lay criminal charges of setting a trap and mischief to property.

"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 De Jong in a statement released on Wednesday.

"Fortunately no one was seriously hurt or injured in these incidents."

The woman is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 4.

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