Three dozen cars smashed with baseball bats, fire extinguishers in Gaithersburg

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GAITHERSBURG, Md. — When Mark Watson went to bed early Monday morning he thought everything outside his Breckinridge at Montgomery Village home was okay.

Watson had heard something strange outside around 1 a.m. and went to investigate.

“I thought what we had was just trash being thrown in the dumpster,” said Watson.

Instead, it was his car and 35 others that were being trashed courtesy of at least three teenagers caught by the Montgomery County Police Department just a little while later.

“When the cops came out here they saw that my car was all smashed up,” said Watson. “It’s very sad to see this happen. Honestly, it makes me think of moving because you never know what’s going to happen next.”

Neighbors said the group of teens used bats and fire extinguishers to smash car windows. In the process the teens stomped on car hoods and caused such a stir that several neighbors said they heard something odd but couldn’t pinpoint what it was.

“I’m just walking around now and I can’t believe how many cars are damaged— it’s unbelievable,” said one resident of the apartment complex off Christopher Ave. who only wanted to be identified as Carol.

Police arrested three teenagers but said neighbors said there may be more involved. None of the suspects were identified because they are minors. Because the crimes are misdemeanors none of the convictions will likely lead to jail time for the vandals.

Vijay Karki called out of work Monday in order to meet with a tow truck operator and deal with his insurance company. He said the incident left him shaken and hoping that more can be done by himself and neighbors to keep it from happening again.

“It’s a very nice neighborhood I’ve been living here for more than two years and I haven’t seen anything like this before,” said Karki.