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Caroline County Teenagers Arrested For Arson of Ridgely Home

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RIDGELY, Md. - Two teenagers have been arrested for arson and other charges following a fire at an unoccupied home in Ridgely.

According to the Office of the State Fire Marshal, 19-year-old Dustin O'Neal and 18-year-old Jeremiah Durham of Henderson were taken into custody Wednesday.

State fire marshals say the fire happened on June 14 around 10:20 p.m. at a two-story home located at 23290 Ninetown Road in Ridgely. During the investigation, fire marshals determined the home was owned by Joseph Murray, and that O’Neal and Durham illegally entered the property to steal metal to scrap for money. Investigators were able to determine that the fire was set inside of the home in an attempt to cover the theft, according to state fire marshals.

Both teenagers were charged with arson, burglary, malicious burning, malicious destruction of property and theft. According to the Office of the State Fire Marshal, Durham was held on $25,000 bond, while O’Neal was held on $35,000 bond.  If convicted of all charges, both men face a maximum penalty of more than 58 years in prison and/or $58,000 in fines each. 

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