An 18-year-old Union Bridge man was being held on $25,000 bail yesterday on charges of breaking into a house built in 1796 and shattering more than 170 window panes of hand-blown, Civil War-era glass Sunday.
Police said they believe three men threw rocks through the windows on all four sides of the vacant, two-story brick house and kicked in the lower half of the wooden kitchen door to get inside.
Officers said the glass in a storm door was also shattered and that most of the wooden frames of the windows were also damaged by the rocks.
The owner of the vandalized house, John Martin Warther Jr., lives in McCormick, S.C., and was not able to provide investigators with an estimate of the damage. But police said the hTC sum was "well over $300," the dividing line between a misdemeanor and a felony.
The house is close to a gravel road and has "no trespassing" signs posted around it.
State police arrested Ryan Eugene Nusbaum of the 100 block of E. Locust St. after they received a call to the house in the 300 block of Rockland Road about 4:30 p.m.
Officers said Mr. Nusbaum was being held at the Carroll County Detention Center after being charged with breaking and entering and with malicious destruction of property.
* Taneytown: Firefighters from the Taneytown station assisted Frederick County at a house fire in the 10000 block of Taneytown Pike at 8:19 p.m. Sunday.
Taneytown firefighters responded to an auto fire on Route 140 at Mayberry Road at 3 p.m. Saturday.