FUNKSTOWN -- In response to an outcry from Funkstown residents and officials who have had enough of a recent spate of tire slashings and other destruction of property incidents, the Washington County Sheriff's Department has provided a round-the-clock presence in town.
"Since May 28, we have had assigned personnel in Funkstown 24/7," Sheriff Douglas Mullendore said Tuesday night at a special workshop requested by town council members. "Since then, there was one tire slashed on Chestnut Street (Monday) and one vehicle theft."
The extra hours are in addition to the deputy who is regularly assigned certain hours in Funkstown. The town pays for those services.
At a special meeting May 28, Chestnut Street resident Steve Schultz expressed his frustration at the cost, inconvenience and feeling unsafe in his own home after he was victimized more than once.