Teen arrested, suspected of vandalism spree

WARRENSBURG Police have apprehended and charged the teenager they suspect is responsible for an extensive vandalism spree Aug. 19 in town that resulted in damage to the paint of 16 vehicles parked in the lot of QVN Motors. Arrested on a felony charge of second-degree Criminal Mischief last week was Brandon M. Fruda, 19, of 3 Hackensack Ave. Fruda was in court Wednesday to answer the charge, and his case was adjourned to Sept. 24 by Town Justice Mindy Fisk. Fruda is now free after raising $2,000 cash bail. The cost of the repairs to the damaged vehicles in the incident was estimated by police to total $10,016. The incident was investigated by Warren County Sheriffs Dept. Investigator J.S. Maday and county Patrol Officer Greg Seeley. This Aug. 19 incident was the third wave of vandalism that has erupted in town this year, following two similar incidents this spring, with damage to paint estimated to exceed $40,000. A dozen cars in parking lots along Main St. had their paint gouged the night of May 27, causing an estimated $9,000 in damage. This incident followed another weeks earlier, in which about 30 cars parked in the Warren Ford parking lots along lower Main St. had their paint gouged, causing more than $20,000 in damage. Fruda has only been charged in connection with the latest of the three incidents. The severity of the vandalism incidents has prompted business owners along Main St. to offer a $1,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the perpetrators. QVN partner Jerry Bruce said Tuesday that it was too early to speculate on the disposition of the reward. Expressing frustration about the vandalism, he said that the dealership doesnt carry insurance against such damage in order to keep their overhead low, and that restitution was unlikely.

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