Three teens were arrested early Friday by Columbia police in connection with reports of vandalism to cars in several neighborhoods.
Police began receiving calls shortly before midnight Thursday from residents who said the windows or bodies of their cars had been vandalized.
Responding to a call in the Smithton Ridge neighborhood at about 4 a.m. Friday, police saw a car with its lights off in the parking lot of Smithton Middle School that matched the description of a vehicle described by callers in earlier reports.
Patrick W. Matticker, 17, Gregory R. Moss, 17, and Timothy A. Mordica, 19, all of Columbia, were arrested on five counts of felony property damage after police found two baseball bats and an ax inside the car they were driving. Police said more charges were likely to be filed in connection with the vandalism.
Bond was set at $25,000 each for Matticker, Moss and Mordica.