Frederick Police are continuing to investigate acts of vandalism downtown, which have damaged businesses and private homes. The Frederick Police Department has recorded about 40 incidents of nonprojectile items — such as marbles — being shot at windows since Dec. 20, according to FPD officials.

Lt. Andrew Alcorn said the department does not currently believe the perpetrators are targeting any individuals in particular. Some locations have been struck more than once, however.

“I think that at this point, the individual or individuals that are committing these crimes are driving around randomly and selecting random locations to do this,” Alcorn said.

Alcorn noted that the most recent report was made Monday morning on East Street. Locations throughout downtown have been targeted, including East 3rd Street, Motter Avenue and Bentz Street.

The patrol division has assigned more officers to monitor the affected areas, and other officers are assisting detectives in reviewing video footage from several locations, according to authorities.

Last week, Frederick police opened an investigation regarding cars downtown being struck with paintballs. Alcorn said that series is being investigated separately from the destruction of property cases targeting downtown buildings.

“We do not believe they are linked,” Alcorn said.

The case is being handled by Det. Christopher Sharpe with the Criminal Investigation Division (CID).

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Know this is happening outside of downtown. Windows broken on my house in Buckeystown this morning by a marble. Last week many houses in Buckeystown were sprayed with paintballs, also breaking windows. FCS stated there have been multiple reports from Brunswick to Frederick.


The belief that the cases from the paintball shots and these marble projecticles are not linked is wrong. The same property in Buckeystown which was struck by the paintballers was struck with marbles this time too.


"nonprojectile items — such as marbles — being shot at windows." Is the writer using some legal definition of "projectile?" Anything being shot from anything meets the common definition of a projectile. What if someone shot a marble from a musket instead of a lead ball? One is a glass ball the other is a lead ball. Is the lead ball a projectile but the marble is not?


A projectile is any object thrown by the exertion of a force. A thrown dirt clod is a projectile. You have to remember, MD1756, the FNP interns are still learning their trade.

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