Former owner charged with arson, theft at crabhouse


Baltimore County officials charged yesterday the former owner of Towson's Carney Crabhouse and three others with arson and theft, saying the former owner set the fire four days after he was forced to sell the property.

In charging documents, police said the fire on Nov. 2 was started in five places at the 4000 block of Joppa Road, and caused about $5,000 worth of damage.

Police charged Milton Zacharski, 74, Charles Williams, 62, Barbara J. Williams, 61, and Scott Ward, 32, all of the 2000 block of Cox Road, with second-degree arson and burglary.

When officials went to speak with Zacharski, the former owner, he told officials that he and three others entered the building through a back door and that he took cigarettes and eggs, according to charging documents.

At the home of the four, officials said they found 238 packs of cigarettes, charcoal lighter fluid and a metal can.

Zacharski lost the business because of financial troubles, according to the document.

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