Woman gets six months in burning

April 10, 1996

A Taneytown woman found guilty in January of burglarizing a Westminster apartment and burning her sports car to collect the insurance was sentenced yesterday to six months in the county jail, Carroll County Circuit Court records show.

Judge Francis M. Arnold originally sentenced Laura Lee Bush, 31, of the first block of O'Brien Ave. to a five-year term on the burglary charge, which he suspended, and to a two-year term on the malicious-burning charge. He then suspended all but six months, which will be served in the detention center. The second sentence was made consecutive to the first.

Prosecutors said the woman was a dancer at a Southwest Baltimore club when police went to her Taneytown residence in July to investigate a burglary and found two Dallas Cowboy plaques that three men had reported stolen May 20 from their Westminster apartment.

In the unrelated case, police said, Bush reported her 1992 Mitsubishi bearing the vanity license plates "OBABE" was stolen Sept. 21.

The car, which had been destroyed by fire, was found on Nusbaum Road near Big Pipe Creek, about 2 miles south of Taneytown.

An investigation by the State Fire Marshal determined that neighbors had seen her and a friend leaving about 1: 30 a.m. on the day the woman said the car was stolen. The friend was driving her Mitsubishi and she drove a 1994 Amigo, witnesses said.

When confronted, the friend said he had helped the woman after being promised $1,000 from the insurance money she intended to collect, according to court records.

Bush will be placed on five years of supervised probation when she is released and must pay restitution of more than $2,000.


Union Bridge: Union Bridge firefighters responded at 8: 10 a.m. Monday to an automobile fire in the 900 block of Crouse Mill Road. Units were out 26 minutes.

Pub Date: 4/10/96

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