Speed Cameras Burned; Suspect Caught with Ax

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    Howard County police arrested a man in connection with the destruction and burning of portable speed cameras.

    Police said a speed camera in the 14000 block of Burntwoods Road was on fire early Thursday morning. Fire equipment arrived and doused the flame.

    Investigators discovered the fire appeared to be intentionally set, similar to an incident at the same location in September 2013. They decided to set up surveillance at the location.

    On Saturday morning, police said Connor Lynn Eash, 19, of Glenelg, was seen driving by the camera several times. They said he parked his car away from the camera and walked up to it with an ax and a bottle of accelerant.

    Officers converged on Eash and he fled. He was later found and taken into custody.

    Eash was charged with first- and second-degree malicious burning, attempt to burn, and multiple counts of destruction of property. Damage to the equipment is estimated at $30,000.