A 19-year-old Glenelg man pleaded guilty Monday in Howard County court to lighting a portable police speed camera on fire earlier this year that caused an estimated $15,000 in damages, according to prosecutors.
Connor Lynn Eash, of the 13000 block of Bold Venture Drive, pleaded guilty to one count of attempted first-degree malicious burning in connection with two incidents this May involving a camera placed in the 14000 block of Burntwoods Road in Glenelg.
Police were called to the camera at 4:45 a.m. on May 22 to extinguish the speed camera device owned by Xerox State and Local Solutions, police said. Two nights later, police were conducting surveillance on the camera when they observed a man, identified as Eash, approach the camera carrying an ax, a bottle of gasoline and a lighter, police said.
Officers converged on Eash and he fled, but was later apprehended, police said.
At the plea hearing in Howard County Circuit Court Nov. 3, the prosecutors said that Eash was "mad at the camera," and felt it was "morally wrong," according to State's Attorney spokesman Wayne Kirwan.
Eash, who remains free on bond, will be sentenced Jan. 15. At sentencing, the prosecution will seek a 30-day prison sentence, Kirwan said. Eash will be eligible for a lighter sentence if full restitution is made, Kirwan said.