Three Anne Arundel County men were arrested and charged with smashing the windows of at least a dozen vehicles in the communities of Edgewater and Riva, police said.
Police allege that the suspects selected cars at random and shattered windows with a large flashlight before being caught early yesterday morning.
According to police, officers were investigating a complaint in Edgewater about a shattered car window when a second complaint was broadcast over the police radio.
In both incidents, witnesses told police that a small red vehicle was involved.
An officer spotted a red 1984 Dodge in Riva and stopped the vehicle at Md. 214 and Beard's Point Road.
Glass fragments were found in the Dodge as well as in some of the mens' shoes, indicating to police that the men allegedly got out of their car to smash the car windows.
Further investigation showed that a total of 12 vehicles were vandalized, police said.
Police arrested Michael P. Barnhart, 19, of the 4000 block of Water View Drive in Edgewater; James S. Walker 3rd, 18, of the 1600 block of Cliff Drive, Edgewater; and Rene H. Kristensen, 18, of the 2700 block of Crestview Drive, Riva.
Each is charged with 12 counts of malicious destruction. Walker was ordered held in lieu of $2,500 bail and the two others were released on their own recognizance.
They told police they are students but did not specify what institutions they attend.