Three charged as cemetery vandals

July 09, 1991|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,Evening Sun Staff

A former employee has been charged with the toppling of 87 tombstones at Woodlawn Cemetery last week that caused more than $10,000 in damage, Baltimore County police say.

The employee, Walter Norman MacFarlane III, 27, of the 2300 block of Poplar Drive, was charged with trespassing, destruction of property and graveyard desecration, police said.

MacFarlane was being held at the Woodlawn Station lockup pending a bail hearing today, police said.

Some of the tombstones cracked when they were overturned, said a manager at the 200-acre cemetery in the 2100 block of Woodlawn Drive. Some of the tombstones had been in place for at least 87 years.

MacFarlane was taken into custody about 2 p.m. yesterday at an auto tune-up shop where he works in the 8600 block of Liberty Road, police said.

He was arrested on an outstanding warrant from Prince George's County for failure to appear in court in an unspecified case, police said.

Police then applied for a warrant charging MacFarlane with vandalism.

Meanwhile, two teen-agers, 14 and 15, charged with trespassing, destruction of property and graveyard desecration, have been released in the custody of their parents.

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