Arrest made in Olney vandalism investigation, suspect identified
OLNEY, Md. (FOX 5 DC) - Police confirmed on Thursday that they’ve made an arrest in connection with three vandalism incidents at the same home in Olney.
William Love, 63, has been charged with three counts of malicious destruction of property and one count of theft. Investigators received tips from people in the community after home surveillance and photographs of the suspect were released to the public which led them to identify Love as the suspect.
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Investigators say, during the most recent incident, Love reportedly yanked a flag that had been hanging from the victim’s second-story balcony.
The family says he pulled down a "Black Lives Matter" flag.
Surveillance video shows Love using a long pole with an attached blade to pull down the flag over the weekend.
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The most recent incident occurred on Saturday, Nov. 28.
During the previous incidents on Oct. 28 and Nov. 13, he used a stencil to spray paint "terrorist" and "I hate America" on the house.
After the second incident, he could be seen leaving on foot toward Cherry Valley Court.
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The family told FOX 5 that they were shaken by the incidents - particularly after they learned it wasn't the work of teenagers, but an adult.