WEST COUNTY--Crofton * Odenton * Fort Meade * Gambrills

November 23, 1992

Fence sought to prevent graffiti

Crofton's town manager has asked county officials to build a fence around the community's water tank to keep graffiti artists away.

But the county Department of Utilities is looking for cheaper alternatives to a fence, which could cost $5,000. The tower sits on county land in the middle of the golf course at the Crofton Country Club.

Town Manager Jordan Harding said the problem of juveniles defacing the base of the 84-foot tower with profanity has been going on for more than a year. Money for a fence was in last year's budget but was cut when revenue fell short.

Lisa Ritter, a spokeswoman for the Utilities Department, said officials are considering a special paint that could solve the graffiti problem.

The paint, she said, allows whatever is written on it -- even spray paint -- to be washed off. Now, the only way to remove the graffiti is to repaint the base of the tower.

Woman robbed at gunpoint

A woman was robbed of her purse Friday night by two men -- one armed with a small caliber handgun -- in the parking lot of a Maryland City shopping center.

Police said the men approached the woman -- whom they would not identify -- from behind about 9:50 p.m. and demanded deposits from the nearby store where she worked.

When she told the men she did not have the money, they grabbed her purse, which contained $185, and ordered her to lie on the ground as they drove off in a 1990 Chevy Blazer, described as black with tinted windows and red stripes.

POLICE

Severn: A woman reported to police that someone broke into her home in the 1800 block of Severn Hill Road Tuesday. It was not known what was taken.

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