- Associated Press - Thursday, December 15, 2016

CLARKSVILLE, Md. (AP) - Howard County police have arrested a man they say vandalized 15 properties in Clarksville.

The department said in a news release that 24-year-old Taylor Richard Allen was charged with 42 offenses, including destruction of property, malicious burning and committing a hate crime.

Police say between April and December, they responded to numerous vandalism incidents, including swastikas and other graffiti being written or painted on sidewalks, footpaths, playgrounds, mailboxes, cars and other property.

Officers say tired on 26 cars were punctured in the area during the eight-month period.

Police say investigators on surveillance saw Allen on a footpath early Wednesday, and arrested him.

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