Dozens of car windshields shot out in Westminster Neighborhood vandalized early Sunday morning

November 04, 1997|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF jTC

State and municipal police received more than three dozen calls Sunday from Westminster area residents who complained that vandals had driven through their neighborhoods between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m. shooting out car windshields.

Damage from 18 reports of malicious destruction received by Westminster police was estimated at nearly $3,000.

Damage estimates from 20 reports received by state police were unavailable. The majority of those complaints came from residents of Marydell Drive, near Westminster High School.

Acting on information received yesterday, 1st Sgt. Andrew Mays of the state police said, investigators are looking for three men in a red Ford Ranger pickup truck who might have been involved in the vandalism.

Barbara and Phillip Robinson, residents of Sunshine Way in Westminster, said they have been victimized twice in the past month. They replaced the $1,100 windshield of their Ford Explorer after a similar attack about three weeks ago.

"We moved to Westminster four months ago because we heard the schools were good and it was a nice, safe neighborhood," said Barbara Robinson.

Phillip Robinson stayed up until 2 a.m. Sunday to watch for vandals, his wife said.

"I don't understand why parents don't know where their kids are when this is going on," said Mrs. Robinson.

In what could be the work of the same vandals more than a dozen cars were damaged in the Greens of Westminster three weeks ago, said Lt. Dean Brewer of the Westminster police.

Residents of Anchor Street, Bond Street, Carroll Street, Johahn Drive, Monroe Street, Shaeffer Avenue, East and West Greet streets, West Main Street, Sullivan Avenue and Carroll Street reported Sunday that their vehicles' windows had been damaged, Brewer said.

Investigators are uncertain how many vandals are involved or how old they are, he said.

The damage appears to be from an air rifle, pellet or BB-type gun, he said.

Anyone with information about the incidents may call Westminster police at 410-848-4646 or Trooper Christine Becker at the Westminster barracks of the Maryland State Police at 410-848-3111.

Pub Date: 11/04/97

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