Man, 72, charged for scratching cars at Clinton Twp. library

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

Clinton Township — A 72-year-old man is facing felony charges for allegedly scratching up cars at a township library, officials said.

Gary Robert Young was charged Wednesday in 41-B District Court with multiple counts of malicious destruction of property over $1,000 and less than $20,000. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison for each count.

A magistrate ordered Young held on a $5,000 bond and scheduled his next court appearance for June 12.

Authorities accuse Young of scratching the paint of vehicles on multiple occasions between March 22 and May 13 at the Clinton Township Library.

He would park near a vehicle in the library's parking lot, get out of his car, act in a suspicious manner and then get back in to his own vehicle, officials said. Library patrons would come out to find severe scratches on their vehicles.

“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,” Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith said in a statement.

"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 Library over the past few months."
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