7 youths charged in Ellicott City vandalism spree Police believe fun was their motive

October 20, 1992|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,Staff Writer

Howard County police have charged seven juveniles in connection with 40 acts of vandalism that have plagued Ellicott City in recent months.

The youths, who are from Ellicott City and are 14 to 17 years old, were released to the custody of their parents after being charged with destruction of property and theft, said Sgt. Gary L. Gardner, a county police spokesman.

Sergeant Gardner said police believe the youths destroyed mailboxes, spray-painted vehicles and threw eggs at homes.

"The only motive they indicated is they were just doing it for fun," said Sergeant Gardner.

The teen-agers have been charged with acts of vandalism on The Cascades Court, Pebble Beach, Gudel Drive, Furrow Avenue, Parsely Drive, Hearthstone Road, Michaels Way and Longview Drive, he said.

A break in the investigation came last Friday when police were called to the 3000 block of Pebble Beach Drive on a report of suspicious activity, Sergeant Gardner said.

An officer noticed four males in a vehicle that contained pumpkins, scarecrows and other Halloween decorations, Sergeant Gardner said.

An investigation revealed that the Halloween items had been stolen from homes in the area, he said.

The other three teens were implicated during the investigation and arrested over the weekend.

According to Sergeant Gardner, the teen-agers would sneak out of their homes "and hook up and go out and smash mailboxes, egg homes, and some spray-painting was involved." Two mailboxes were set on fire, police said.

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