They were referred to the Md. Department of Juvenile Services.
Two juveniles have been arrested in connection with several cases of vandalism in the New Market area last month. The Frederick County Sheriff's Office's Pro-Active Criminal Enforcement team--or PACE--says the two 16-year-old males are charged with two counts of fourth-degree burglary, theft over $1,000, malicious destruction of property under $500, and malicious of property over $500. They have been referred to the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services.
Authorities say between March 22nd and 29th, 15 cases of vandalism and theft were reported in New Market during the overnight hours. They included spray painting and broken windows in homes and vehicles, and, in one case, pouring gasoline in a fish pond. In addition, several items were stolen, including a bicycle, outdoor toys and alcohol. The vandalism and thefts totaled about $3,000.
As part of the investigation, the PACE team conducted saturation patrols, canvassed the area, and spoke with residents. They were able to identify and charge the two suspects.
The youths have been released to the custody of their parents.
The PACE team still continues to investigate the destruction of property at the New Market Cemetery on March 19th. In that incident, 30 headstones were pushed over or damaged. The damage totals $7,000. Anyone with information on that incident is asked to call Dfc. Daniel Schlosser at 301-600-4034, or 240-674-5755. The New Market Cemetery is offering a $7,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction of suspects.