Williamsport woman accused of breaking windows in 100 vehicles
WILLIAMSPORT — A Williamsport area woman is accused of damaging more than 100 parked vehicles in three Lycoming County communities early Thursday.
Megan Victoria LeCrone, 50, was arrested later that day and committed to the county prison in lieu of $50,000 bail on a felony charge of criminal mischief and two counts of disorderly conduct.
The native of Latvia is accused of damaging side mirrors and using a hand tool to break windows in vehicles in Williamsport, Loyalsock Twp. and Montoursville.
The number of damaged vehicles could total close to 150 with damage in the thousands of dollars, police said.
Streets in the three communities were lined with vehicles with plastic or tarps covering the broken windows. More than one window was broken in some cases.
Home surveillance video that captured some of the vandalism showed a female getting out of a white SUV and committing the damage, the arrest affidavit states.
A call from the victim’s daughter that her mother may have been involved in the vandalism spree aided the investigation, state police said.
Text messages from her mother indicated she had gone on a “rampage,” the daughter told investigators.
The trooper who went to LeCrone’s home in Loyalsock Twp. said the female he saw on the front porch smoking was wearing black and white boots that matched those of the female in the surveillance video.
The woman, who identified herself as LeCrone, had small cuts and abrasions on her hands, he said.
When questioned at the state police barracks, LeCrone admitted thinking about damaging vehicles but denied doing so, the affidavit states. She claimed a “copy” of herself must have caused the damage, the document states.
At her arraignment, LeCrone denied using drugs or alcohol in the previous 24 hours but mentioned mental health issues.
She was using the name Megan Veronika Hauke when she pleaded guilty in September in county court to charges of making false statements and retail theft.
LeCrone was listed as an alias in those charges. The new ones state she also is known by Hauke.