Vandals wreak havoc

Two companies stored equipment at Glen Burnie Moose lodge, where damage estimates exceed $200,000

police have no suspects

December 07, 2008|By Justin Fenton | Justin Fenton,justin.fenton@baltsun.com

Vandals gained access to two construction loaders that were parked behind a Glen Burnie fraternal lodge Friday night or yesterday morning, then flipped over vehicles, destroyed equipment, mangled a fence surrounding a baseball field and smashed open a back wall of the lodge.

The owners of two businesses that stored equipment and vehicles in the back parking lot of the Glen Burnie Moose Lodge No. 1456 said they suffered hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses as a result of the vandalism.

"It's going to put me out of business," said Anthony Joseph, owner of Maryland Blacktop. His equipment, a storage shed and a 1993 Mustang were destroyed, with road paint and blacktop spilled throughout the area. "This is the worst time of the year for something like this to happen."

Chris Eckstorm, owner of the landscaping company Field of Green, estimated his losses at between $200,000 to $300,000.

It was not clear how the vandals gained access to the equipment, though they apparently fled after breaking through a door and concrete wall in a storage area in the rear of the lodge, which set off an alarm.

Lodge members were working yesterday to secure the structure, propping up wood posts in the hole to stabilize the wall and boarding it up.

"It's a damn shame," said Joe Gavin, governor of the lodge.

He said the lodge allowed the businesses to keep their vehicles and equipment in the back in exchange for the businesses performing occasional odd jobs and chores like snowplowing.

Anne Arundel County police said they received a report for an alarm at that address about 3:40 a.m. but were not able to locate any witnesses or suspects.

Anyone with information is asked to call the department's Eastern District at 410-222-6145.

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