Montgomery County police have charged a man with vandalizing 14 vehicles in Bethesda neighborhoods in April, May and June.
Louis Levin Arenstein, 30, of Bethesda, was arrested this month after police said they identified him as the suspect behind the vandalism.
Police said they started investigating reports of vandalism to parked vehicles in April. The damage happened early in the morning in residential areas of Bethesda.
Police said they got similar reports in May and in June, and thought the same person was behind all of the acts.
Home surveillance footage showed Arenstein driving a white Jeep in two of the incidents, police said.
Police told the public about the vandalism on May 13 and released the home surveillance video of the white Jeep and Arenstein. They asked for the public’s help in identifying him.
In one vandalism incident on May 4 or 5, Arenstein left trash from McDonald’s inside a victim’s vehicle. Police that said after reviewing surveillance footage from the McDonald’s on River Road, they determined that a white Jeep that matched a description of the vandal’s vehicle went through the drive through around 8 p.m. on May 4.
Police said they determined that Arenstein was behind the vandalism after determining that he was at the McDonald’s on May 4, and after receiving tips from residents that he was the suspect.
Police issued a summons to Arenstein on Nov. 12, charging him with the vandalism. According to state court records, he has been charged with 18 counts of malicious destruction of property.
Arenstein is being represented by Rockville attorney Steven Kupferberg, according to court records. Kupferberg wrote in an email to Bethesda Beat on Tuesday: “We are confident after reading the statement of charges that Mr. Arenstein will be totally vindicated.”
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