Speed cameras in Arbutus, Catonsville vandalized

One day after a Catonsville speed camera was vandalized for the second time in three months, an Arbutus speed camera was vandalized in a similar manner.

Baltimore County police spokeswoman Elise Armacost said police received a report at 7 a.m. on July 30 that the camera near the intersection of Sulphur Spring and Oakland roads had been spray-painted.


Additionally, an epithet had been written on the sidewalk near the camera and the flash mechanism had disabled and knocked off, Armacost said.

The camera has since been repaired, Armacost said on July 30.

The vandalism comes a day after a similar incident involving the camera near the intersection of South Rolling and Brook roads in Catonsville.

That camera was covered in black spray paint but never was inoperable, Armacost said.

Crews had cleaned the camera by Monday morning, Armacost said.

The camera had been damaged for the second time in about three months, according to Martin Haggerty, who lives across the street from the camera's location.

"There are footprints on the side from someone kicking it," Haggerty wrote in an email. "The box which contains the speed camera is loose from its anchoring bolts."

The cameras and computer had been taken from the metal case before the vandalism took place, Haggerty wrote.

Cost for repairing or replacing was not immediately available, Armacost said.

The police do not have suspects in either incident and encouraged anyone with information to call Baltimore County police at 410-307-2020.

Armacost said police do not know if the incidents were connected.

"They both occurred in the same precinct, so certainly that's something the investigators will take a look at," she said.

The vandalism comes three months after a vandal torched the camera, causing $13,000 worth of damage.

Classified as a first-degree malicious burning, the fire occurred on April 20, a week after police moved the speed camera from the 500 block of South Rolling Road, near Catonsville High School.


Police alternate the camera between the two locations.

"We have no insight at all into why the Rolling Road camera has been vandalized twice," Armacost said.

Armacost said she is not aware of any plans by police to more closely monitor the cameras.

"We would continue to reiterate that vandalism and destruction of property of any sort are crimes," Armacost said. "We encourage anyone who knows anything about these cases to come forward."

Both the Catonsville and Arbutus sites are near elementary schools.

County law requires speed cameras to be placed in school zones.

Baltimore County has 22 active speed cameras in school zones.

Violators face a $40 fine, but no points on their driving record.

This story has been updated.