17 Cars Hit With Landscaping Rocks in Frederick

By Martin Weil
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, March 30, 2009

Seventeen parked cars were reported damaged yesterday in Frederick after being hit by landscaping rocks, police said. It raised to 76 the number of vehicles damaged in mass vandalism incidents in the Washington area this month.

In the first of the three incidents, windows were shot out in 22 vehicles in the Dale City section of Prince William County, police said. It appeared that a BB gun was used in the vandalism on March 10 and 11, police said.

On the night of March 22, Fairfax County police said, 37 cars were damaged on more than a dozen streets in the Burke area. Car windows had been shot out with pellet guns, police said.

Among the streets involved were Beachway Lane, Huntsman Boulevard, Kerry Lane and Marianna Court, police said.

Police said they stopped a vehicle speeding in the area and found seven pellet guns inside. Two men were taken into custody, and each charged with two counts of destruction, police said.

Eleven of the Frederick incidents were in the Willow Brook area, the rest in Fredericktowne Village, police said. They said most of the damage was to windows. The rocks were described as gray river stones used for landscaping.

No valuables were reported taken.

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