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Truck stolen in Brookside, torched in Elkton

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An arson investigation is continuing after someone set fire to a commercial vehicle that was found abandoned in Maryland on Monday — a day after it had been reported stolen in Brookside, according to the Maryland Office of the State Fire Marshal.

A resident called 911 at approximately 7 a.m. Monday, after discovering the unoccupied 2019 GMC U-Haul truck near the intersection of Russell Road and Orchard Hill, north of Elkton, fire officials reported.

Investigators noticed fire damage on the exterior of the driver's side of the truck, fire officials said. Investigators identified the truck owner as Marrows Wireless LLC, located on Marrows Road in Brookside, fire officials added. The mini-mart sells and repairs wireless phones and also rents out U-Haul trucks.

The vehicle was reported stolen on Monday to the New Castle County Police Department, Sr. Deputy State Fire Marshal Oliver J. Alkire said..

The truck sustained an estimated $5,000 in structural damage, according to Alkire, who noted that fire companies were not dispatched because the blaze had burned itself out before the resident discovered the abandoned truck.

With the investigation ongoing, detectives are asking anyone with information about this fire to call the agency's Bel Air office at 410-836-4844.

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