August 4, 2014 at 6:03 pm

Teens accused of spraying graffiti on Detroit buildings waive right to preliminary exam

Isabella Meteer, from left, Mary Harder and Mackenzie Snitgen appear in court during their preliminary exam Monday morning. (Clarence Tabb Jr / The Detroit News)

Detroit — Three Grosse Pointe Woods teens accused of spray-painting their names and obscenities on downtown buildings waived their right to a preliminary exam Monday morning.

Isabella Mary Meteer, 18, Mackenzie Lynn Snitgen and Mary Elizabeth Harder, both 17, appeared detached as they sat in a crowded Third Circuit Court room with others facing felony criminal charges for offenses including possession of drugs and weapons.

A defense attorney, who asked a court clerk the reason for the heavy media presence, sneered when the clerk told her: “Girls from Grosse Pointe spraying buildings in Detroit.”

The three stood alongside their attorneys, only stating their name for the record and answering yes and no to the judge.

They are expected to return to court Aug. 11.

Each has been charged with one count of malicious destruction of a building $1,000 to $20,000, a felony that carries a five-year maximum penalty and given a $5,000 personal bond.

The trio is accused of defacing two buildings in the 40 block of Michigan Avenue and the 1100 block of Griswold in Detroit on June 22, according to prosecutors.

Dan Gilbert, who owns 1001 Woodward, which shares an alley with one of the buildings, sent out an email asking for help in finding the teens, whom he referred to as “degenerates” and “clowns.”

Within hours of his appeal, investigators found video surveillance footage of the perpetrators tagging the building.
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