WESTMINISTER — WESTMINSTER -- A high school prank turned sour late Friday night when two teen-agers were apprehended and charged with theft, police said.
State police now are investigating loss and damage from a high school scavenger hunt that took place that night.
Police said they discovered the hunt when they received a call about two individuals who were on the roof of a Route 140 carpet store.
When two state police troopers arrived at Traynor's Floors and Carpets, they apprehended two teen-agers they believed were attempting to steal the head from the oversized human figure that sits atop the building.
After questioning the youths, police said they learned the pair were part of a group of seniors from North Carroll High School who were involved in an extensive scavenger hunt.
The prank began when teams of five seniors were formed, and each participant contributed $5 to a purse, which was to be won by the team that stole the most property during the hunt.
The group devised a point system to be used in determining the winner, police said. The number of points awarded was determined by the type of property stolen.
The two juveniles have been charged with theft and destruction of property, police said.
Administrators at North Carroll High are assisting with the police investigation and will try to identify other participants in the prank.
Police also are encouraging possible other victims resulting from this incident to call 848-3111.
SOLVE CRIME OF WEEK
Crime Solvers, a volunteer group that assists area police, is asking residents to help solve the Crime of the Week.
This week, the groupis targeting vandalism to two vehicles belonging to the Len Stoler Nissan dealership on Route 140, Westminster.
During the week of Feb. 25, two new vehicles were damaged.
Sometime between 10 p.m. Feb.25 and 7 a.m. Feb. 26., suspects broke the door lock on the passenger side of a white 1991 Nissan Talon and damaged the ignition switch in an attempt to start the vehicle.
Between 2 p.m. Feb. 27 and 10 a.m. Feb. 28, the lower right hand corner of the windshield on a Jeep Wagoner was cracked with a BB gun or a rock.
The dealership recently has been the target of other acts of property destruction.
If you have any information about this crime or believe you know of any possible suspects involved, please call Crime Solvers at (800) 562-TIPS.
You do not need to give your name and if your information leadsto an arrest, you could earn a reward of up to $1,000.
Please report crime tips to these hot lines: 857-TIPS (drugs) and (800) 562-TIPS (Crime Solvers). All calls are confidential and you do not have to give your name.
Here is a compilation of some of the crime reported to local and state police:
Bennett Road: Theft of boating equipment April 21 from a residence. Estimated loss: $2,800.
City Police charged Robin Lynne Parker, 29, ofReisterstown, Baltimore County, with one count each of driving whileintoxicated, possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of paraphernalia April 21. Released April 22 on $10,000 bond.
Airport Drive: Theft of an air compressor from Metl Fab Inc. April21. Estimated loss: $1,000.
A Glen Burnie resident reported damage and theft to his vehicle, which was parked on Bollinger Mill Road. Estimated loss: $563.
A resident reported the theft of tools from his vehicle. Estimated loss: $400.
Here is a compilation of the fire and rescue calls to the EmergencyOperations Center:
1:35 p.m., Mount Airy responded toan auto fire at Old Annapolis Court, Frederick County.
7:11 p.m., Sykesville, Gamber and Liberty Road (Baltimore County) responded to a chimney fire on Snowden Road, Sykesville.
11:26 p.m., Manchester investigated a smoke detector sounding at a residence onLaverne Circle.
5:48 a.m., Westminster and Reese responded to a shed fire on East Main Street, Westminster.
8:07 a.m., Westminster and Reese responded to a trash fire on East Main Street, Westminster.
8:48 a.m., Sykesville responded to a smoke detector sounding at a residence on Wellworth Way in Howard County.
9:42 a.m., Reese, Manchester, Westminster and Pleasant Valley responded to a natural gas leak at Bohn Pontiac, Baltimore Boulevard, Westminster. Haz-Mat Unit from Brooklandville (Baltimore County) also responded.
5:09 p.m., Mount Airy responded to a brush fire along I-70 in HowardCounty.
7:37 p.m., Westminster responded to a trash bin fire on Valley Bend Court.