A 2010 graduate of Patterson Mill High School has been arrested for allegedly using a piece of construction equipment to damage baseball fields and several structures at the school.
Daniel J. Canatella, 19, of Abingdon was arrested on Nov. 24 in connection with $12,000 in damages to the Patterson Mill baseball fields, backstop, fence, and a storage shed which occurred between Oct. 20 and Oct. 21, 2010.
Canatella was charged with theft in the amount of $1,000 to under $10,000; unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, fourth-degree burglary, two counts of destruction of property greater than $500; two counts of destruction of property under $500; and trespassing on school grounds. He was released on his own recognizance.
Harford County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Monica Worrell said the investigation into the incident had been ongoing in the year since it occurred, and said the “investigative process” led to the arrest, but declined to detail specific measures.
According to charging documents, Canatella allegedly used a universal key to operate a Caterpillar Model 226B2 Skid Steer Loader parked at the intersection of Marsdale and Patterson Mill Roads, driving it through the athletic fields and through the garage door of an eight-foot by 15-foot shed owned by Harford County Parks and Rec. He continued through the structure to the rear wall, destroying the building, and also damaged a backstop at the baseball diamond. The total damages were estimated at $12,016.33.
According to the documents, detectives were told that Canatella admitted causing the damages, and were told that he possesses a universal key for construction equipment and knowledge of how to use the machines.
However, Worrell declined to say whether Canatella was a suspect in the February 2011 vandalism of a scoreboard at the Patterson Mill football field, which was smashed with a nearby forklift.
“The scoreboard is still not solved. It’s an active, ongoing investigation,” Worrell said. “Often, what we believe and what we can prove in a court of law are two different things. Therefore, we ask the community if anyone has any direct information about the individual or individuals who were involved in the vandalism of the scoreboard to please contact Detective Mike Berg at 410-612-1717 . Or, if they would prefer anonymity, they can submit a tip through our website at www.tipsubmit.com.”