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Vandals damage historic farmhouse

September 13, 2002|by KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

kimy@herald-mail.com

Vandals caused more than $40,000 damage to a historic Village Mill Drive farmhouse in what was the most recent in a series of theft and vandalism incidents in Maugansville, a Washington County Sheriff's deputy said.

The damage to 13772 Village Mill Drive was reported Tuesday but it is believed to have occurred between early August and Sept. 8, Deputy 1st Class James Grimm said.

Grimm said he believes the vandalism was the work of several people because of the extent of the damage.

Doors were ripped off their hinges and thrown through windows, toilets were smashed, kitchen cabinets were destroyed and the front porch railing was torn off. There appeared to be damage to every room in the house, he said. Windows to a barn on the property also were damaged, he said.

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"They really had a field day," said Sgt. Mark Knight. The house was built in 1864, he said.

Prior to the vandalism, the house had been in livable condition, Grimm said.

Grimm said police believe the vandalism to the house and other recent incidents of cars being broken into and tires being slashed was the work of the same group of local juveniles.

"Out of control kids with no parental supervision," Grimm theorized.

A floor jack worth $70 was reported stolen from the 13600 block of Village Mill Drive in Maugansville in late August and the tires to a 1997 Dodge Neon parked in the 1400 block of Village Mill Road were slashed last Sunday, police said.

A witness told police he noticed two unidentified young males at the 13772 Village Mill Road house on Sept. 8 from 5 to 5:30 p.m., Grimm said.

Police are hoping that other residents may be able to provide descriptions of people seen in or near the Village Mill Drive house recently, he said.

Grimm said anyone with information about the vandalism may contact him at 301-791-3020.

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