Town cars vandalized Howard man suspected SOUTHEAST -- Sykesville * Eldersburg * Gamber

August 11, 1993|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Staff Writer

Sykesville police have issued a warrant for the arrest of a Howard County man charged with vandalizing two town vehicles.

David Stanley Annable, 31, of Glenwood, is being held in the Howard County Detention Center on unrelated charges, town police said.

He is accused of "willfully and maliciously defacing" town-owned property, said Police Chief Wallace P. "Mitch" Mitchell.

Police believe Mr. Annable spray painted the department's 1992 Crown Victoria cruiser and the town manager's 1986 Plymouth and flattened tires on both vehicles sometime after midnight Thursday. "Pig" was scrawled on both cars' hoods.

Cpl. Marcella M. Durham did a routine door check at midnight, said the chief. When she returned to the area on her next round less than half an hour later, she discovered the damage. The cars were parked on the well-lighted lot at police headquarters on Main Street.

Town Manager James Schumacher said he was shocked to see the condition of his car when he returned to work Thursday after his vacation.

"The vandal must have thought mine was a police car, too," he said.

Damage was $2,836 to the police car and $1,829 to the other. The cars are being repainted at Joe Grimm Ford in Eldersburg.

"Some physical evidence recovered at the scene led us to the suspect," said the chief.

Chief Mitchell said he suspects "some kind of retaliation may be the motive behind the vandalism."

Sykesville police arrested Mr. Annable on Aug. 4 and charged him with possession of a controlled dangerous substance. He was later released on $5,000 bond.

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