Devil's Night has residents seeing red Pranks cause thousands of dollars in damage to property

Destruction not unusual

Despite awareness, patrols don't always prevent vandalism

November 01, 1995|By TaNoah V. Sterling | TaNoah V. Sterling,SUN STAFF

Vandals smashed car windshields with pumpkins, dumped eggs and soap in gas tanks, slashed the interior of at least one car and spray painted graffiti on houses and street signs from Linthicum to Severna Park in a Devil's Night rampage, county police said yesterday.

Police said they were bombarded with calls yesterday from dozens of Anne Arundel residents who had awakened to find thousands of dollars in damage to their houses and cars.

Judy Henters of the 600 block of Shore Road in Severna Park told police vandals poured a bag of cement on her car Monday night. Early morning rains turned the powder into concrete.

Louanna White's house in the 600 block of Hawick Drive in Severna Park was spray painted Monday night, as were other houses and street signs in her neighborhood.

"They've never been that mean before," she said.

Vandals painted the words "Raheem Yo" twice on the side of her house and on her neighbor's garage door.

A few miles away, Lawrence Bathgate of the 7100 block of Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard in Glen Burnie reported that someone used a sealant to seal the driver's door of his Ford truck and the lid on his trash can.

Farther north, Michael Llamas of the first block of Mansion Road in Linthicum told police someone threw a statue of a girl on to his truck, damaging the front fender, headlight, turn signal and hood.

Webster Bailey, owner of First in Excellence limousine service, said vandals caused about $500 damage to a 1988 Lincoln Town Car, the only limousine left in front of his house in the 8200 block of Elvaton Road in Glen Burnie.

"They stabbed all four tires and threw eggs all over the car," he said.

"It's not a whole lot one can do about it," he added. "No sense in getting excited about it unless you catch them. If I had caught them, it would have been something else."

Police said the destruction is not unusual for the county during the Halloween season.

"We have this senseless destruction every year on Halloween," said Officer Randy Bell, police spokesman.

He said patrol officers usually are told to "pay particular attention to residential neighborhoods" in the last days of October. But even the officers' most careful patrols can't always prevent the damage, he added.

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