From the State Fire Marshal’s Office:
A joint investigation involving investigators from the Office of the State Fire Marshal and the Aberdeen Police Department has resulted in charges of; Manufacture, Possession and Use of Destructive Device and Malicious Destruction of Property being placed on two adults and four juveniles from Harford County.
A total of nine rural style mailboxes in the Aberdeen area have been damaged as a result of the suspect’s actions. One mailbox was exploded three times and another was exploded twice. Seven other mailboxes were also exploded during a criminal spree that occurred on three separate nights this month.
Alex E. Brainard (18) of Aberdeen, Andrea L. Siedlarczyk (18) of Abingdon and four juveniles from Aberdeen are facing twelve counts of each previously listed charge. The two adults will be served with criminal summonses and the juveniles were charged and released into the custody of their parents.
Such devices are referred to as, “Improvised Explosive Devices.” The penalty for each device is twenty-five years imprisonment and/or $250,000 in fines. Malicious Destruction of Property has a penalty of sixty days imprisonment and/or $500 in fines. Twelve devices were detonated in the nine mailboxes.
The construction of these devices in this and similar incidents have been misrepresented as pranks, however, the destructive effect and potential of serious bodily injury is extremely high.