Hampstead man, 37, accused in vandalism spree

Town Hall, police cruisers damaged in 5-month span

February 14, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A 37-year-old Hampstead man was arrested yesterday, accused of a five-month vandalism spree that included the theft of two flags from Town Hall and smashing the windshield of a town police car, authorities said.

Michael David Naylor of the 1000 block of Houcksville Road was being held on $2,500 bail at the Carroll County Detention Center after appearing before a Carroll District Court commissioner yesterday morning, and Baltimore police had filed a detainer on other charges, according to charging documents.

"I've been rebelling," Naylor told police, according to charging documents. The man also said, "That is the closest I could get to the government," according to the documents.

Hampstead police had asked for the public's help Monday and arrested Naylor two days later after witnesses who said they knew him reported seeing him Jan. 7, kicking and using a chunk of ice to break a $100 spotlight for the Town Hall sign at 1034 S. Carroll St., according to charging documents.

Naylor is charged with six counts of malicious destruction of property, one count of theft, and one count alleging a continuing scheme to destroy property that began Sept. 14, when a rock shattered the windshield of a police cruiser, according to the documents.

The last act occurred Sunday, when a teakettle was thrown through a $350 glass storm window at Town Hall, according to the court file.

Other vandalism included twice breaking the $750 glass front door of Town Hall - Dec. 4 with a metal ball-bearing sleeve, and Jan. 9 with a small statue - slashing two tires on a second police cruiser Jan. 15 and the theft of the Maryland and American flags Jan. 16.

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