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Second teen goes on house arrest

The teen was one of two juveniles allegedly involved in a vandalism spree in the city Saturday.

The teen was one of two juveniles allegedly involved in a vandalism spree in the city Saturday.

August 01, 2002|by JULIE E. GREENE

julieg@herald-mail.com

The second of two juveniles charged with causing about $10,000 in damage to vehicles parked in Hagerstown's West End during a vandalism spree Saturday was placed on community detention Wednesday morning.

The boys, ages 13 and 14, were charged with 42 counts of malicious destruction of property. Police did not release their names because of their ages.

Throughout Saturday night, the vandals randomly hit cars and trucks parked on Salem Avenue, James Street, Winter Street, Church Street and Linganore Avenue, Hagerstown Police Sgt. Dave Long has said.

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Police started receiving calls about the vandalism at about 2 a.m. Saturday, but didn't catch up with the suspects until about 6 a.m. when an unidentified resident allegedly caught one of the boys in the act and held him until police arrived. That boy led police to the second youth, police said.

Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Michelle Flores said Wednesday the 13-year-old Hagerstown boy was seen holding a long metal rod and striking a vehicle.

While the boy had no prior experience with the Washington County Department of Juvenile Justice, Flores requested community detention given the seriousness of the activity he is accused of engaging in.

In most cases, side-view mirrors were broken, and windows were smashed on several cars.

Washington County Circuit Judge Frederick Wright, who was sitting in Juvenile Court, placed the 13-year-old boy on community detention, or house arrest, pending his trial.

The boy was released to the custody of his grandmother.

The 14-year-old was placed on community detention on Tuesday.

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