LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — A 19-year-old was arrested Saturday for setting a portable speed camera on fire in Howard County.
Howard County police say they have arrested a Connor Lynn Eash, of Glenelg, in connection with the malicious burning of portable speed camera equipment. He has been charged with with first- and second-degree malicious burning, attempt to burn and multiple counts of destruction of property.
Police were called to the 14000 block of Burntwoods Road on Thursday around 4:45 a.m. for a report of an electrical speed camera box on fire. Officials found the speed camera equipment on fire and extinguished the flames. No one was injured.
Through a joint investigation with the Howard County Office of the Fire Marshal, officials say it was determined the fire appeared to be intentionally set. A similar incident at the same location took place in September 2013. Police believe the incidents may be related.
Following the incident this week, police set up surveillance. On Saturday morning, police say Eash was observed driving by the camera several times. He then parked his vehicle away from the camera and approached it on foot, carrying an ax and a bottle of accelerant.
Just after 5 a.m., the subject was observed bending down next to the box. Police then approached Eash who subsequently fled the area.
After area checks, he was taken into custody. Eash was also found to be in possession of a lighter.
Damage to the equipment from the three incidents, which will be covered by the vendor, is estimated at $30,000.
The investigation is ongoing.
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