Vandals in Davidsonville Damage Two Businesses, Set Fires, Early Friday
According to Anne Arundel County Police Department spokesman Lt. T. J. Smith, two adult men were charged with vandalizing two Davidsonville businesses in the early morning hours on Friday. Two men were taken into custody, they are Kevin Nash, 23, of Gambrills, and Gregory F. Michelsen, 23, of Davidsonville.
Police said that the incident happened around 6 a.m. on Friday, when Southern District police were called to JAS Trucking in the 3000 block of Patuxent River Road in Davidsonville. The call was for a burglary and arson. When police arrived at the scene, a representative of JAS Trucking said that when he arrived at work, he saw that the overhead doors to the building were open.
Inside the building, police found that vandals had entered the building and started a fire with items from the business. In addition, a forklift had been used to ram a Ford F250 pickup truck, which was inside the building. Police said that they believe the suspects had also broken out all the windows in the truck. Police also found that the forklift had been used to damage an exterior wall of the building. Police believe this compromised the building foundation. Police called Anne Arundel County Inspections and Permits to check the integrity of the building where the forklift damage had occurred.
While they were at JAS Trucking, a second call came in for police from Brandywine Sand and Gravel, next door to JAS along Patuxent River Road. Police said that representatives from that buesiness said that someone had broken into the building and attempted to set it on fire.
Anne Arundel County Fire Department investigators were already at JAS Trucking location and went next door to find a fire that was still smoldering. Area fire companies came and extinguished the smoldering fire.
Police said that early damage estimates are over $20,000.
Smith said that while police were searching the area for evidence, they found one of the suspects walking along Patuxent River Road, about a quarter-mile from the crime scene. This was around 8:30 a.m. Detectives picked up Kevin Nash of Gambrills, who told detectives that he needed a ride home to the Generals Highway area.
Police said that evidence recovered from the scene linked Nash and Gregory Michelsen of Davidsonville to the crime. The two have been charged with
- two counts of 2nd Degree Burglary,
- two counts of 4th Degree Burglary,
- two counts of destruction of property over $500.00,
- malicious burning, and
- 1st Degree Arson.