Police still seeking third suspect in vandalism at Woodlawn Cemetery.

2 CHARGED IN VANDALISM

July 08, 1991|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,Evening Sun Staff

Baltimore County police today were seeking a third person after charging two teen-age companions with overturning more than 80 tombstones and causing thousands of dollars in damage at Woodlawn Cemetery last week.

Sgt. Stephen Doarnberger said two youths, 14 and 15, surrendered to officers at the Woodlawn station last night after police questioning area youths about the vandalism established names of several suspects.

The two Woodlawn teens were arrested at the station, charged with graveyard desecration, destruction of property and trespassing, and then released into custody of their parents.

Police are now seeking a third male, who would be charged as an adult when arrested, Doarnberger said.

Police believe the three were drinking in the cemetery from Wednesday night to early Thursday morning last week, when the damage was done.

The 200-acre cemetery, in the 2100 block of Woodlawn Drive off Gwynn Oak Avenue between Windsor Mill Road and Liberty Road, incurred more than $10,000 worth of damage, Betty Young, manager of the cemetery, said. Some of the heavy, old stones were cracked and broken when they were toppled from their pedestals.

The granite monuments -- some dating to 1904 -- stood in the oldest section of the cemetery. Eighty-seven monuments were toppled, some as tall as seven feet and weighing hundreds of pounds, Young said.

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