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More than 50 vehicles struck in Hampstead in wave of theft, damage

2:59 PM EDT, September 25, 2012

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The Carroll County Sheriff's Office said thieves struck the Northbrook neighborhood of Hampstead early on Sunday, Sept. 23, taking more than $1,300 worth of electronics, change, jewelry and other valuables from unlocked vehicles.

According to the report from the Sheriff's Office, more than 50 unlocked cars parked in driveways along Broadmoor and Glenside Court, Woldholme, Allview and Schaefer drives were struck.

Other damage included a slashed car tire and convertible jeep top. In addition, several vehicles were pushed from their driveway, including one that traveled across the street and struck a tree.

Preliminary damage estimates exceed $6,000, officials said. Sheriff's deputies and crime scene technicians collected information from victims and processed the vandalized vehicles for fingerprint and DNA evidence.

The investigation is continuing. Meanwhile, residents are being reminded by the Sheriff's Office to roll-up car windows, lock car doors and remove valuables from site when leaving their vehicle unattended.

Also, residents are asked to report unfamiliar vehicles and persons roaming neighborhoods and parking lots during the late evening and early morning hours.

Anyone with information about these incidents — or those who have not yet filed a report to police — may contact the Carroll County Sheriff's Office at 410-386-2900, or the toll free anonymous TIPS Hotline at 1-888-399-TIPP (8477).