At about 2:50 a.m. on Jan. 4, officers found a man spray-painting on the side of Pete's Cycle in Overlea, along the 7500 block of Belair Road. Police arrested 18-year-old Jonathan Michael Miller on the scene, according to Officer Mark Dorsey of the Parkville police precinct.
While in police custody, Miller told police that he was responsible for vandalizing at least two additional Perry Hall locations, Dorsey said.
His signature tags, "toe" and "toenail," were also found on the side of Little Scholars Daycare Center in the former Perry Hall Library on the 9400 block of Belair Road, and in the Brick Bodies Shopping Center on the 9600 block of Belair Road, Dorsey said.
A school official confirmed that Miller worked a temporary position as an "adult assistant" at the school, but she was unable to comment further on his standing as an employee.
Miller, a resident of the unit block of Gunview Farm Court in Perry Hall, has been charged with four counts of malicious destruction of property valued at more than $500, and one count of a malicious destruction scheme, court records show.
Maryland law states that a person convicted of these charges "shall be ordered to pay restitution or perform community service or both."
Last year, Councilman David Marks and Councilwoman Cathy Bevins successfully sponsored a bill that raised the maximum fine for those convicted of graffiti charges in Baltimore County from $500 to $1,000.
Miller's trial date is set for March 7, according to a court record.
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