Ellicott City/elkridge

June 24, 1993

Police seek information on wave of vandalism

Police are working to stop a wave of vandalism in the Ellicott City area.

The incidents, which have occurred at a steady rate since the Memorial Day weekend, include smashed mailboxes and car windows.

From May 30 through yesterday afternoon, there have been about 150 reports of vandalism in the Ellicott City area, according to police.

On Sunday and Monday, the Valley Mede Court and Font Hill Drive neighborhoods were the targets of mailbox and lamp post smashings. Vandals also ran cars over trash cans. Police have not identified any suspects in those vandalisms.

On June 11, police arrested three adults observed driving over a lawn in the Valley Mede development and charged them with destruction of property.

From June 11-13, residents in the Font Hill Drive, Mount Hebron, Valley Mede Court and Worthington Way communities reported 31 cases of wrecked mail boxes.

The Montgomery Road, Centennial Lane and Font Hill Drive communities have sustained the most damage since the Memorial Day weekend. Car windows that were shot out with pellet guns have accounted for most of the 79 incidents in these communities between May 30 and June 5.

Anyone with information on this wave of vandalism should call Howard County police at 313-2236.

Overnight Adventure planned at park

Rangers at Patapsco Valley State Park will lead campers on an Overnight Adventure Saturday and Sunday in the park. Participants will have an opportunity to hike through the park to a secluded riverside campsite for a one-night stay without having to carry their equipment, which will be dropped off for them.

The trip will combine history and nature day hikes with canoeing, fishing, swimming, cooking and campfire activities. Dinner will be cooked over open fires with the assistance of rangers.

The adventure trip is open to anyone age 8 or older. Equipment required is a sleeping bag, tent, sturdy shoes for the three- to four-mile hike, a change of clothes, toiletries, sunscreen, insect repellent and a lunch for Saturday. The rangers will provide dinner Saturday, breakfast Sunday, and drinks and snacks.

Cost is $50 per person.

POLICE LOG

* Elkridge: 6200 block of Route 1: A white 1977 Honda Civic was stolen sometime between May 30 and Saturday.

* Ellicott City: 900 block of Ridge Road: An undisclosed amount of cash was stolen after someone kicked open a front door of the C & H Supply Co. between 4:50 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m. Monday.

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