Frederick teen is charged in case involving vandalism of mailboxes

Posted: September 18, 2013

The Winchester Star

Gregory Wayne Orndoff

WINCHESTER — A Frederick County teen was arrested over the weekend for allegedly smashing at least 20 mailboxes on neighborhood streets near Greenwood Mill Elementary School.

Gregory Wayne Orndoff, 19, of the 300 block of Lilys Way, is charged with 37 counts of misdemeanor destruction of property, one count of obstruction of justice and one count of petty larceny.

He was booked Sunday at the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center after he and another male teen led police on a short pursuit before fleeing on foot.

He posted a $3,000 bond the same day, according to court records.

According to a criminal complaint filed in the case, the two teens were driving around at about 1:30 a.m., taking turns driving and hitting mailboxes with a baseball bat.

They also allegedly took a mailbox from the 400 block of Canyon Road.

The complaint states that the damaged mailboxes were on Lilys Way, Teaberry Drive, Woodrow Road, Morning Glory Drive, Alpine Meadow Road, Lynnehaven Drive, Tamarack Circle and Canyon Road.

According to Capt. Allen Sibert with the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy attempted to stop the car that the younger teen was driving and Orndoff was a passenger in — and they got into a short pursuit that ended with the car sideswiping a parked vehicle.

After the crash, the teens took off on foot, but a police canine tracked them back to Orndoff’s residence, Sibert said.

He said Tuesday that charges were pending against the 17-year-old.

Orndoff is set to appear at 2 p.m. Nov. 18 in Frederick County General District Court.

— Contact Melissa Boughton at mboughton@winchesterstar.com