Source: The Associated Press
On January 30, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "an Islamic group targeted by vandals and threats is offering $500 for information about the perpetrators, whose actions have been condemned by some local Christian and Jewish leaders... The latest incident occurred Friday, when someone used a chain saw to cut down and steal a sign for the Islamic Society of Western Maryland's mosque on the city's southeastern edge.. It was the third time in seven months that the sign has been stolen, police said... The society is comprised of 35 families from Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia... The society's day-care center received an obscene telephone call and bomb threat in July that prompted an evacuation of nearly 20 children, said Greg Alton, an investigator with the Washington County Sheriff's department."