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Montgomery Village Signs Tagged With Graffiti Along Watkins Mill Road

One sign bore the tag: "Wolf Pack Gang."

A number of Montgomery Village signs along Watkins Mill Road near the Gaithersburg border were tagged with red graffiti in recent days, the Montgomery Village Foundation president said Thursday.

The Montgomery Village South Entrance sign, along with two signs for the Clusters of Stedwick communities bore the colors Thursday morning. MVF President Bob Hydorn said he was driving along the road Tuesday night and didn't see anything.

"As far as I know it must have happened no earlier than yesterday," Hydorn said. "I watch very carefully for things as I drive around the community on a regular basis."

One of the tags on the South Entrance sign read "Wolf Pack Gang." Hydorn said he had never heard of the Wolf Pack Gang. Montgomery County police Capt. Jim Daly said he thinks the incident occurred after 11 p.m. Wednesday.

"Our Gang Unit is researching that group," Daly said. "They are not known to us but we are talking with neighboring police departments."

Hydorn and MVF Executive Vice President David B. Humpton said they would work to remove the tags as soon as possible.

"I find such damage incomprehensible," Hydorn said. "With all of the activities that are available for people in the region, why would anyone in their right mind do such things?"

Daly encouraged residents to report such incidents to the Montgomery County police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000.
Jeff Melia August 01, 2013 at 01:20 PM
Thanks for making our community look like a S-hole. Whoever did this should be ashamed of themselves.
Sharon August 01, 2013 at 02:46 PM
Was anyone listening that gangs (i.e. in my community alone...quite a ways from Watkins Mill) were on the rise and have been for past 3-6 months! Rhetorical! So far we have been inflicted with additional common ground destruction, mailbox destruction and two vehicles within past couple weeks that, from all appearance of back windows knocked out, 'Smash and Grab' action of vandalism. Will it matter more now that it has extended beyond the Forgotten land of South Village (an ostracized neighborhood that Powers That Be have not found 'relevant' to the Village for decades!) & now alarmingly closer to Apple Ridge Office or, even worse, closer to the homes of our elected representatives!! Rhetorical yet again! And this statement ""I find such damage incomprehensible," Hydorn said. "With all of the activities that are available for people in the region, why would anyone in their right mind do such things?" I find either continuing to bury head in sand & live a fantasy or just a remark of cluelessness. Have you really seen & absorbed the deteriorating conditions of communities (interior communities rather than perimeters) when these 'surveying & observation rides' on "regular basis" occur to even wonder why gangs & delinquent, criminal behavior exists & is obviously escalating!!! Or was this something that the Village Board were aware of but just not 'making known' since it would ruin the 'Flourishing' campaign??!!
Sharon August 01, 2013 at 03:13 PM
And, when any member of the Board really does get 'up close and personal' (within the guts of communities) & sees the conditions, tell me how many of you are providing transportation to these kids (when you say there are so many activities available "in the region") when, for most of these kids/teens both parents work & even work more than one job; how many elected officials, seemingly so shocked at current vandalism, are footing the bills for these 'street kids' (basically) to join ball teams or seasonal swim teams, etc that are not free but require enrollment and uniforms or swim gear. If you really did 'meet and greet' when these rides take place, you might hear loud and clear that kids/teenagers are pretty much second-rate citizens. (Don't get me wrong! I'm not condoning criminal behavior or excusing them out of claim 'they are bored'!) How many of our representatives are out there 'talking to the kids, all the kids, of the Village that make up that 'diverse population' MVF brags about! But we sure do spend a lot of time and effort with adults squabbling with adults over trains, planes and automobiles (concession stands, toilets; whether or not we will have an umbrella over a pool; whether geese have a preserved sanctuary; etc.) If adults 'push the needs of children of all ages out', they (OUR Village kids) will somehow 'make their presence known'. And seems they now have with the graffiti currently inflicted.
Sharon August 01, 2013 at 03:58 PM
The Village uses the word 'diverse' as though something they created and enfold. Yes, the Village welcomes 'everyone to the Village'. But, once here, they seem to find specific diverse groups as invisible...the less financially-able. I will say though, if any of readers go back to past editions of i.e. the Gazette, the Village News and even PATCH (and my recollection and dismay serving me correctly) you will see photos of those minority children. Rake the Lake (Whetstone) is about the only time you will see our diverse, minority groups. They are offered by 'adults' (MVF & committee members) some cookies and punch in exchange for cleaning the lake area. Oh, I forgot! When these kids are offered temptation of 'treats for their labors', they are also fooled (convinced) into believing what committee members are filling their trusting little ears...that they are 'learning ecology' and getting exercise. Shame on you, adults! These are the same MVF adults who have heels dug in when it comes to providing the less fortunate, more isolated children within communities that surround Lake Whetstone a playground. And also, readers of PATCH and blogs, please also note that the photos of our Village children as presented by MVF on their web site are five sanitized Caucasian boys dressed in Tide-clean, pinstripe tee shirts on shiny bicycles. I am still waiting for MVF & Village News to come to one specific neighborhood in the Village & take a picture that is 'reality'. Gangs (even as young as 8-10 years of age)? My heavens! What a surprise! NOT!!!!
Regret moving to MV August 01, 2013 at 04:35 PM
I suggest Mr Hydorn talk to the MV community police liaison to discuss potential reasons for the graffiti, as well as the possibility that it's gang related. I doubt it has anything to do with the availability or not of activities. It is a visible indication of some of the real crime issues MV faces. These issues should be the focus of MVF and the HOA's, instead of hours spent discussing toilets and deviant paint colors.
Sharon August 02, 2013 at 09:05 AM
Yes, 'Regret Moving to MV', we do have way too many other issues. Montgomery Village Car Thefts: Total 13 There were ten thefts from vehicles in this Montgomery Village beat during this time frame. All but one of these events is from a single night between Monday, 7/15 around 6:30 p.m. and Tuesday, 7/16 at 10:30 a.m. There was no sign of forced entry on any vehicle. 20400 block of Arrowhead Road. CD’s and cigarettes taken. 8100 block of Plum Creek Drive. Two vehicles in the driveway were searched. A key was taken. Unit block of Marketree Court. Nothing taken. 9400 block of Chatteroy Place. Cash taken. 8400 block of Marketree Court. Laptop taken. 9400 block of Chatteroy Place on Sunday, 7/21 between 9:00 p.m. and Monday, 7/22 at 9:00 a.m. Change, cell phone charger, and iPod adapter taken There were three thefts from vehicles in this Montgomery Village beat during this time frame. There was no sign of forced entry on any vehicle: 20100 block of Stalvey Hill Place on Wednesday, 7/17 around midnight. The victim left his vehicle unsecured while taking items into the house. When he returned his vehicle had been searched items taken. 18900 block of Bonanza Way on Wednesday, 7/17 between midnight and 7:30 a.m. Fuel taken from trucks in the parking lot. Unit block of McCausland Place between Monday, 7/15 at 10:30 a.m. and Thursday, 7/18 at 10:30 a.m. Forced entry; property taken. Not on this report are two known car break ins in yet another South Village community in the month of July w/back windows smashed out.
Sharon August 02, 2013 at 09:25 AM
And the Village News is supposed to be a community paper published to keep 'Village residents/"Village Family" informed (and aware of surroundings). Yet, you do not see 'half' of these incidents listed in that paper. They speak of Neighborhood Watch within communities (private citizen responsibility) but fail to encourage entire 'Village Watch'. And appear to (almost conveniently) omit information particularly when negative (realities that will get into the hands of 'outsiders/non-residents') and fail to provide simple newspaper (their own Village News) resource to make all cognizant of criminal activity we should be especially watching out for particular when specific forms of criminal activity (i.e. car thefts) appear to be escalating. Graffiti on a South Village entrance sign is the tip of the iceberg. But you will note there is plenty to say in Village News regarding 'Flourishing campaign', Architectural Review Board's paint color 'expectations' and, during election time for 'representatives', page after page on candidates' professed platforms, exaggerated qualifications and repeated, unfulfilled promises if elected. Hummm!
p e i August 02, 2013 at 02:58 PM
an idle mind--is the devils playground
jodreydb August 02, 2013 at 04:05 PM
"why would anyone in their right mind do such a thing?" obviously they're not in their right mind - but just as obviously there are a LOT of wrong-minded people here, there, and everywhere - some of them disadvantaged youth now lacking adult guidance and constructive and interesting activities, and improvising their own in ways that destroy property and waste time - time that could have been used to improve their physical, intellectual, and social skills instead
Sharon August 02, 2013 at 05:21 PM
http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Bridging-the-Gap-of-Learning-Loss-in-the-Summer-for-Kids-218078971.html
Sharon August 02, 2013 at 05:22 PM
Kudos, Jodreydb!
p e i August 06, 2013 at 04:01 PM
bigger government is not the answer.
Bob August 08, 2013 at 05:58 AM
I'm sure their parents are involved and caring people.....NOT!
p e i August 09, 2013 at 07:25 PM
its a whole debate... this whole thing here... lots of room for theorys and speculation ..al i know is about me an my states of mind when i was a punk in the streets.... in the streets by my choice i might add..i remember creaming a mailbox or 2 while storming around in a '64 dodge dart.... im sure my loveing parents had higher hopes in mind ... also when my friend an i stole a fire hydrant from the fire chiefs lawn..and got caught... by the fire chief,, who called the police.... was i in a gang? naaaa.... is this gang related? i dunno.... im 54 now.. do i steal? trash mailboxes? naaaa... but this situation here... well , i do know there is gang activity in this area.. and, i do know that there are kids that dont have very good parents or other sources of moral compass/ mentoring... i do worry about our youth.. and our culture ... but i also know some impressive young people.. so, whats my point? mixed bag.. trustGod.
Regret moving to MV August 09, 2013 at 09:56 PM
Good point, p e i. Is this graffiti just dumb teenagers acting like dumb teenagers, or is a sign of something more serious like gang activity? It's crucial for law enforcement to determine the answer, so they can act appropriately.
Sharon September 09, 2013 at 09:00 PM
My question at this point in time.... Are there any updates or arrests made as yet for the vandalism??

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