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Arrests Made in Berlin Vandalism

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BERLIN, Md. - Charges have been filed for three teenagers in connection to vandalism in the town of Berlin last month, according to police.

Berlin Police said Wednesday that a 16- and 17-year-old from Ocean Pines and 18-year-old Jordan Denton from Ocean City were charged with 39 malicious destruction-related charges with the estimated damage over $11,000.

Police say 36 victims, including the Town of Berlin who had a vehicle, ten electric meters, and four trash cans damaged, woke up on January 26 to find graffiti on cars and on the side of buildings. Police say 33 cars in all and three buildings were spray-painted during the incident on the night on January 25. The graffiti was found on Ann Court, Ann Drive, Branch Street, Buttercup Court, Harrison Ave, Henry's Mill, Littleworth Court, North Main Street, Pitts Street, Powell Circle, West Street, and William Street.

Through victim's statements, citizen tips, interviews and review of surveillance cameras the Berlin Police Department says it developed over fifteen persons of interest during the investigation. The Berlin Police Department says it eliminated over half of the persons of interest by interviewing them and verifying their whereabouts compared to the time line of the crimes. 

Police say paint cans left at the scene, video footage of the suspects, interrogations leading to admissions of involvement and tips from the community directed the Berlin Police Department to the suspects and lead The Berlin Police Department to the charging of the suspects. 

Police say most of the spray paint on the vehicles was removed without permanent damage and by Wednesday afternoon a box truck parked downtown still showed evidence of the incident. The spray painted buildings have all been re-painted, meters replaced, and trash cans removed.

The Berlin Police Department says they are thankful for the support of the community during this investigation. They said the victims were very cooperative in keeping in contact with the department and submitting estimates of damage and the timely removal of the damage. The business community for the access to their surveillance camera footage and the community at-large for the tips and commitment to the safety of your Town.
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