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Man Charged in Connection With Vehicle Arson

An Annapolis man faces charges of malicious burning and destruction of property for a car fire that burnt a 1994 Mazda Miata.

The Annapolis Fire Marshall has arrested a suspect in connection with a vehicle arson that took place in the 1000 block of Timber Creek Drive on Oct. 14.

Joseph LaScola, of Annapolis, was charged with first- and second-degree malicious burning and destruction of property, according to a fire department press release.

Firefighters responded to a report that a 1994 Mazda Miata was on fire around 8 p.m. on Sunday. The Fire and Explosive Services Unit determined that the vehicle—which was not in operation at the time—had been set on fire.

The fire marshall's team investigated and obtained a search warrant for LaScola's home, which lead to his arrest.

Battalion Chief John Menassa estimated the car's value between $2,500 and $3,000.

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