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Clinton Township man arrested for scratching cars in library parking lot

By: Nick Mordowanec | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published May 23, 2019

 Gary Young

Gary Young

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — An arrest has been made after a man allegedly scratched numerous cars in the parking lot of the Clinton-Macomb Public Library Main Branch, 40900 Romeo Plank Road.

Gary Young, 72, of Clinton Township, was arraigned May 22 in 41-B District Court on multiple counts of malicious destruction of property. He pleaded not guilty. The Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office said Young severely scratched vehicles in two separate instances.

Clinton Township Police Department Capt. Richard Maierle said Young was caught when, “Somebody saw him doing it and took a picture of the license plate and gave it to us.”

The charges for malicious destruction are for damage exceeding $1,000 but less than $20,000.

In a press release, it was alleged that on multiple occasions between March 22 and May 13, Young would park in the library parking lot, get out of his vehicle, “act in a suspicious manner” and then drive off.

He left what officials called “a trail of expensive damage.”

“This behavior is very troubling,” Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith said. “Libraries, schools and parks are all community environments we want our citizens to visit and feel safe doing so. You would never think, while checking out a book, a senior citizen, with no apparent motive, is maliciously damaging your vehicle in the parking lot.”

“We have charged (the) defendant with two separate incidents as of today and, based on library surveillance, we know there are more victims. We encourage the public to come forward if they noticed similar scratches to their vehicle after visiting the Clinton-Macomb Public Library over the past few months. Mr. Young will be held accountable for this malicious behavior.”

Young was given a $5,000 bond, or 10 % cash surety, by 41-B District Court Administrator James McGrail. He has retained Troy based attorney D. Todd Williams, who declined to comment on the case.

A probable cause conference is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. June 5, and a preliminary exam is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. June 12.