2 men, 2 boys arrested after spurt of vandalism Homes under construction, cars targets of theft

January 09, 1998|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

Two men and two boys were arrested early yesterday on charges of theft and destruction of property after Westminster police received a rash of complaints about cars being vandalized.

About 10 complaints were received between 10 p.m. and midnight Wednesday from residents of Goodwin Quarry Road and Liberty, East Green, East George, and South Center streets, and several streets in the Middlebrooke development.

By yesterday, officers had written 18 reports -- 17 involving items stolen from vehicles and one for the burglary of several homes under construction -- said Lt. Dean Brewer. The amount of damage, which included broken windows, had not been determined.

Brewer said officers went to the area when the reports began arriving. Sgt. Steve Shatzer saw four suspects on Valley Bend Road about 12: 35 a.m. and found numerous items reported stolen from vehicles, Brewer said.

Two 17-year-old boys, one from Union Bridge and the other from Westminster, were released to parents pending further action by juvenile authorities, Brewer said.

Also arrested were Edward J. Black, 18, of Eldersburg, and Matthew W. Sterling, 20, of Westminster. Each was released on a $5,000 bond.

Burglary charges involving the houses under construction are pending, Brewer said.

He said it was too early to say whether the incidents were related to about two dozen similar incidents in The Greens of Westminster last month.

Pub Date: 1/09/98

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