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East Village Vexed by Rock-Throwing Vandals

Investigators have tracked nine incidents and are asking other victims to come forward.

Rock-throwing vandals have barraged the East Village Avenue corridor in two waves over the past six weeks, pelting at least three passing cars and the windows or sliding-glass doors of at least six homes.

The outburst started at the end of November, when two homes and three vehicles were hit on consecutive days, according to Montgomery County Police.

The second of those victims was headed eastbound on Warfield Road shortly after 6pm on Nov. 30, after picking up her son from Goshen Elementary School, her husband told Patch. As she approached the intersection with Doubleland Road, there was an impact on the side of the car. After backtracking to the school to see if she had run something over, a projectile struck the windshield—possibly a brick, her husband said—with enough force that it shattered the glass and nearly went through into the car.

The sliding-glass door of a home a few hundred yards away was smashed less than an hour later.

After a month-long lull, the past two Saturdays saw four East Village homes vandalized with rocks.

Investigators are asking other victims to come forward so they can assess the full scope of the crimes. So far, police have connected the following incidents:

  • 5:55 p.m. on Nov. 29— windshield cracked on East Village Avenue near Welbeck Way
  • 6:15 p.m. on Nov. 30— two vehicles driving on Warfield Road had their windshield cracked
  • 7:10 p.m. on Nov. 30— sliding-glass door shattered in the 8600 block of Delcris Drive
  • 7:10 p.m.on Nov. 30— second-floor window broken in the 8600 block of Holly Pond Place
  • 7 p.m. on Jan. 7 — sliding-glass door shattered in the 8700 block of Delcris Drive
  • 8:52 p.m. on Jan. 7 — sliding-glass door shattered in the 19900 block of Drexel Hill Circle
  • 5:54 p.m. on Jan. 14 — two homes vandalized in the 8600 block of Delcris Drive: a sliding-glass door shattered at one home and a window damaged at another

Other possible victims should call the police non-emergency number, 301-279-8000. Anyone with information that might help with the investigation is asked to call the 6th District station at 240-773-5700.

Bill Redmond January 19, 2012 at 01:51 AM
Not sure whether it is related or not but last night, a car parked along Amity Dr. had all of its windows broken. Somebody was really angry.

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