Woman, 30, is charged in burning of her car Taneytown resident also charged with making false report


A combined investigation by the state fire marshal's office, Taneytown police and the state police led to the Sunday arrest of a dancer at a South Baltimore night club in the burning of her automobile.

Laura Bush, 30, of the first block of O'Brien Ave. in Taneytown was held on $150,000 bail after she was charged with malicious burning and making a false statement in reporting her car stolen.

Taneytown Police Chief Mel Diggs said a woman reported that the automobile, a 1992 Mitsubishi valued at $20,000, had been stolen on Sept. 21.

Taneytown Cpl. Mark Lott and Deputy Fire Marshal Frank Rauschenberg determined that the car, which has the vanity license plate "O'Babe," was burned on Nusbaum Road about five miles from Ms. Bush's residence.

District Court documents said a woman and a man were observed in front of a Taneytown residence about 12:30 a.m. Sept. 21. Witnesses told police the man drove a vehicle away and the woman drove a second one. Both returned to the home about 3 a.m. in one auto. A woman reported the first car car stolen about 9 a.m.

On Sunday, police and fire investigators followed the woman into a South Baltimore club, where an undercover state trooper was sitting next to the man, who has not been charged, and overheard a conversation.

While Baltimore police surrounded the night club, the woman was arrested and charged.

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