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Businesses vandalized in Rockville

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Surveillance image of suspect (Montgomery County Police Department) Surveillance image of suspect (Montgomery County Police Department)

A non-profit in Montgomery County that helps people and families dealing with mental illness has been targeted again by vandals.

Someone threw rocks breaking the glass door and window at the National Alliance on Mental Illness Montgomery County (NAMI MC).

It is the seventh time since April that it has happened to the business on Parklawn Drive in Rockville.

Other businesses in the area were targeted too. The windshields of several cars parked at an auto repair shop were also broken and someone was caught on camera spraying another business with graffiti.

The surveillance video, which was released by Montgomery County police, shows the vandal tagging the building and then spray painting the camera.

Stephanie Rosen, Executive Director of NAMI MC, says she doesn't think the non-profit is specifically being targeted.

She thinks their close proximity to railroad tracks makes them an easier target for the vandal or vandals who are looking to cause trouble.

For more than 30 years, NAMI MC has been providing education, support and advocacy to people and families dealing with mental illness in Montgomery County. Rosen says they do it on a tight budget with mostly volunteers and the thousands of dollars the vandalism will cost to repair will hurt.

"We're over $2,000 in expenses to our non-profit,” she says. “That's money that could have gone to helping families or individuals with mental illness. Instead it's going to fix broken glass."

Rosen hopes whoever is behind the crime is caught and gets some help -- perhaps even from NAMI MC.

"We understand that people go through difficult times, and they go through bizarre behavior because it's out of their control or they may not have a good role model,” she says. “We'd be happy to provide this member or these members of the community with an outlet for that energy."

The total cost of damage to all the businesses is about $5,000.

Montgomery County police believe that there are additional suspects beyond the man caught on tape. Anyone with information is being asked to contact the 2nd District Petty Crimes Unit at 240-773-6726. Callers can remain anonymous.

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