Five North Carroll teenagers were charged for their role in a vandalism spree that began on Aug. 5, resulting in more than $20,000 damage to 129 vehicles, numerous mailboxes and private homes according to police.
Overnight Aug. 4 into early Sunday morning Aug. 5, the teens shattered car windshields, bent antennas, and removed nearly $1,500 of portable electronics, change, jewelry and prescription drugs from vehicles parked in driveways and along Shamrock Circle, Raintree Avenue and Carriage Hill Drive, police report.
Additionally, the Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal was involved when newspaper boxes were found burned along the adjacent roadways, Neudecker and Carrollton roads.
In the weeks that followed, the group also entered and vandalized vehicles along Chazdale Way, Senorita Court and Gahle Road police said.
On Sept. 23, the group entered more than 50 unlocked cars parked in driveways along Broadmoor and Glenside courts, Woldholme, Allview and Schaefer drives. Before leaving undetected with $1,300 in portable electronics, change, jewelry and other valuables, the group slashed a car tire, a convertible Jeep top and pushed several vehicles from their driveways, one of which traveled across the street where it struck a tree, police said.
Investigators from the Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal were again involved when sheriff’s deputies said they discovered a homemade, incendiary device on the front seat of one of the vehicles.
On the evening of Saturday, Oct. 6, Hampstead Police Officer Russell Halterman was patrolling when he stopped a black Volkswagen Jetta carrying three teens for speeding as they quickly left the Oakmont Green neighborhood. While Halterman worked to cite the driver for the traffic violation, a call was received by Carroll County 911 Communications personnel reporting that windows on several vehicles had been shattered in the Oakmont Green neighborhood according to police reports.
Recognizing the vehicle as that described in connection with other incidents of vandalism, an alert Halterman observed a pellet pistol magazine and Air Soft pellets strewn about the passenger compartment of the vehicle. A subsequent search recovered three Air Soft pellet guns. The teens acknowledged their involvement in shattering the windows, were taken into custody and returned to their parents pending charges police said.
In the days that followed, the parents of those teens taken into custody by Officer Halterman were joined by the parents of two additional teens, who worked cooperatively with investigators to identify property damaged and return property taken police said. Information provided has allowed investigators to close 12 related cases, involving the theft of more than $5,000 in valuables, and more than $20,000 in damage.
Charges as brought to the Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office by the three law enforcement agencies earlier this week include multiple counts of:
- Theft Scheme
- Rogue and Vagabond
- Malicious Destruction of Property
- Malicious Destruction of Property Scheme
- Damaging or Tampering with a Vehicle
- Manufacture of a Destructive Device
- Reckless Endangerment
- Malicious Burning, 2nd Degree
- Common Law Conspiracy
All juveniles, the five teenagers remain in the custody of their parents pending action by the Juvenile Court and Department of Juvenile Justice.
Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact Detective Corporal Fred Timms at 410-386-2575, or the toll free anonymous TIPS Hotline at 1-888-399-TIPP (8477).