Vehicles spray-painted, items stolen

September 12, 1997

Several spray-painting incidents along East Main Street in Westminster this week were the work of the same vandal or vandals, according to city police.

Police received the first of nine calls at 7 a.m. Wednesday as residents on East Main Street, Longwell Avenue and North Church Street began to discover the damage.

Some vehicles on those streets were broken into and personal property was stolen. Most of the vehicles were spray-painted and so was a sign outside Carroll County Mutual Insurance in the 200 block of E. Main St.

The side of a building on East Main Street also had been spray-painted.

Tools and two cans of spray paint were stolen from a construction truck parked on East Main Street, said Lt. Dean Brewer, spokesman for city police.

"We believe that paint was then used in the other incidents," he said.

"We haven't narrowed down a precise time frame yet. We believe all of these malicious destructions occurred before 4 a.m."

Damage estimates ranged from $103 to $1,000 for a total of $4,158, police said.

Disabled veterans to give flowers to shoppers

The Disabled American Veterans of Carroll County Old Glory Chapter 22 will participate in the national veterans' "Forget Me Not" month during September.

Members will visit shopping centers and distribute handmade forget-me-not flowers to shoppers. Donations are requested, but not required, and all proceeds go to help veterans.

Local chapters have a number of charitable projects to raise money for veterans, including eyeglasses, hearing aids, transportation and holiday activities.

Chapter 22 meets at 7: 30 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month at the VFW Hall at 519 Poole Road, Westminster.

Arthur Houch is commander, Skeeter Houch is auxiliary commander and William Rau III is junior vice commander.

Information: 410-876-1743.

Police

Westminster: A city employee told police Wednesday that money was stolen from parking meters. Estimates of the damage and loss were unavailable.

Westminster: A resident of Alymer Court told police Tuesday that his 1992 Ford Econoline van was stolen from a parking lot in front of his home. The loss was estimated at $6,000.

Finksburg: A Sykesville resident told police that personal property was stolen from her vehicle while it was parked at the Sandymount Park and Ride between 6: 45 p.m. Monday and 1: 30 a.m. Tuesday. The loss was estimated at $535.

Pub Date: 9/12/97

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