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Five teenagers have been charged with allegedly causing more than $7,700 in damage to homes in a Mount Airy development in April.

Patrick M. Cook, 18, of Mount Airy; James W. Poe, 18, of Mount Airy; David A. Smarrelli, 19, of Frederick; and Andrew J. Szkotak, 18, of Frederick, have been served with criminal summonses on three counts of malicious destruction of property of more than $500, six counts of malicious destruction of property of less than $500, conspiracy to commit malicious destruction of property and malicious destruction of property scheme, according to the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office.

A youth, 17, of Mount Airy also was referred to the state Department of Juvenile Services on the same charges.

All were charged separately between May 17 and Thursday.

Court records did not list attorneys hired to represent the adults charged.

The charges stem from 10 cases of vandalism on Lomar, Manor and Skyview drives in the Sam Hill development of Mount Airy. Residents told police on April 27 that their homes, mailboxes or vehicles had been vandalized overnight.

The total estimate for the damage was $7,760, according to the sheriff’s office.

In one case, a mailbox had been ripped out of the ground and thrown through the back of a Toyota Highlander, said sheriff’s office spokeswoman Cpl. Jennifer Bailey.

Two vehicles had all four windows as well as the windshield and rear window broken out, she said.

“Probably in a very short time, they did a great deal of damage,” Bailey said.

rmarshall@gazette.net