Second stolen vehicle found burning in cornfield

Two people are spotted running from the field where van was set ablaze

May 05, 2000|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

For the second time in two weeks, someone left a stolen car burning in a Carroll cornfield, the latest near Adams Mill and Bell roads in Westminster, authorities said yesterday.

Two people were spotted running early yesterday from the cornfield near Carroll Lutheran Village, said Westminster Police Capt. Randy Barnes, where Westminster police and state fire marshals said a stolen Dodge van was intentionally set afire.

On April 28, authorities found a burning Subaru sedan northeast of Taneytown in a field in the 3100 block of Kump Station Road, where a passer-by saw flames and alerted firefighters at 4: 27 a.m.

The van was parked on Silver Court at 11: 30 p.m. Wednesday, police said.

Its owner reported it missing to police about 6: 45 a.m. yesterday, Barnes said.

The fire, about a mile from the owner's home, was brought under control in 10 minutes by volunteer firefighters from Westminster, police said. State fire marshals estimated the loss at $4,000.

Ralph Robertson, owner of a farm about a half-mile from the field, said he was planting corn about 7 a.m. and saw smoke but didn't know what had happened. Told about the young people seen running from the scene, Robertson shook his head.

"It's one thing to steal a car and quite another to go and burn it," he said. "I wish I had seen them."

Robertson said the unplanted cornfield where the van was found is owned by a woman living on Hughes Shop Road, about two miles north of the fire scene.

She could not be reached for comment.

The loss in the Taneytown blaze was estimated at $5,000, fire marshals said.

Anyone with information about either incident should call state fire marshals at 410-875-5450, Westminster police at 410-848- 4646, or Maryland State Police barracks in Westminster at 410- 386-3000.

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