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Second arrest made in arson of Chevrolet Blazer

September 30, 2006

FREDERICK, Md. - The Sept. 2 arson of a 2005 Chevrolet Blazer has resulted in a second arrest, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal's office Friday.

Elizabeth Lauren Anderson, 27, of Knoxville, has been charged with second-degree arson, first-degree malicious burning, fraud and conspiracy, state fire marshals said. She is the owner of the vehicle involved in the fire.

Anderson was taken into custody Friday morning in Brunswick, Md., and later released on personal recognizance by a Frederick County District Court commissioner.

Theodore Randolph Dorsey, 37, of Knoxville, was charged with second-degree arson and malicious burning in the same incident on Sept. 15.

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Dorsey is a sergeant with the Frederick County Sheriff's Office, and was placed on administrative leave after his arrest.

The vehicle was found on fire in a secluded area near the Monocacy River Bridge in Buckeystown, Md. An investigation of the vehicle indicated a flammable liquid had been used to set the fire, according to state fire marshals. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $20,000.

Information was obtained during the investigation that Dorsey was living with Anderson, and conspired to burn the vehicle to obtain insurance proceeds in order to purchase a Cadillac Escalade sport-utility vehicle, according to state fire marshals.

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