Grasonville man charged with arson
STEVENSVILLE — The Maryland Office of the State Fire Marshal concluded its investigation of a Stevensville vehicle fire on Thursday, Oct. 20, resulting in the arrest of a Grasonville man.
Michael Hart, 49, of Grasonville, was arrested and charged with second-degree arson, first-degree malicious burning and malicious destruction of property over $500.
Deputy State Fire Marshals arrested Hart at Duty’s Auto Body, 207 Love Point Road in Stevensville, without incident, according to the fire marshal’s report.
Hart, a manager at the auto body shop, is charged with deliberately causing a fire in a 2012 Ford Fiesta, owned by Calvin Farace of Annapolis, on July 16, the report stated. The fire caused about $8,000 in damage to the Ford Fiesta, the report said, but did not require fire department response. The fire was controlled in one minute with no injuries.
The fire also caused associated fire and heat damages to a 1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse passenger car parked next to the Ford, the report said.
The fire was first discovered by an employee of Duty’s Auto Body, now called Caliber Collision, at about 12:30 p.m., the fire marshal said.
If convicted of all the charges, Hart faces a maximum penalty of 28 years in prison and/or $37,500 in fines.
Bail was set at $25,000. He was released on $2,500 bond.