Youth charged in theft from meters CENTRAL -- Union Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg

July 23, 1993|By Darren M. Allen | Darren M. Allen,Staff Writer

A 17-year-old Westminster youth who allegedly stole about $40 from more than two dozen city parking meters was charged this week with 26 counts of malicious destruction and nine counts of theft, Westminster police said yesterday.

The boy -- whose name was withheld by police because of his age -- apparently used a screwdriver to gain access to 26 parking meters on July 11 and 12, said Cpl. Rick May, a Westminster police spokesman.

The meters were along Main Street, in the Gilbert Garage and at several parking lots around town, Corporal May said.

Repairs to the broken meters cost the city $570, he said.

A confidential informant provided information to Detective Sgt. Wayne Mann last week that led to the arrest of the youth, Corporal May said.

The youth, who was being held at the Charles W. Hickey School in Cub Hill on unrelated charges, was interviewed by Detective Mann on Monday after a juvenile hearing on the unrelated charges in Westminster, Corporal May said.

In the interview, the boy said he didn't know exactly how many meters he broke into, nor exactly how much money was taken, Corporal May said.

The detective filed the charges against the youth -- who was returned to the Hickey School -- later that day.

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