Mental evaluation ordered for woman accused of damaging 150 vehicles

WILLIAMSPORT — The Williamsport area woman accused of using a hand tool to break windows in approximately 150 parked vehicles in three Lycoming County communities early on Dec. 24 will undergo a mental evaluation.

Lycoming County Judge Marc F. Lovecchio ordered a 60-day evaluation for Marie Victoria LeCrone, 50, at Torrance State Hospital that specializes in mental health cases.

State and Montoursville police have filed 93 criminal mischief and disorderly conduct charges against LeCrone for damage in Loyalsock Twp. and the borough.

Williamsport police will be filing charges, Chief Damon R. Hagan said Wednesday. To date, nearly 60 victims have come forward, he said.

LeCrone is charged with damaging 76 vehicles in Montoursville and 17 in Loyalsock Twp.

Based on repair bills that have been submitted, Montoursville police estimated the average damage per vehicle at $250.

LeCrone, a native of Latvia, is accused of damaging side mirrors and using a hand tool to break vehicle windows in the three communities.

Home surveillance videos 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 might 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. later on Dec. 24 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 videos.

Bail for LeCrone, who has gone by Megan Veronika Hauke, had been set at $50,000.

But, District Judge Gary Whiteman changed it to no bail as the number of charges increased, calling her a danger to the community.


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