Taneytown Man Charged With Arson, Other Offenses


He was arrested following several fires inside a church.


Taneytown, Md (KM) A Taneytown man is charged with setting fires inside a house of worship.. David Francis Creager, 47, was taken into custody on Friday morning following several fires at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church.

The Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office says fire fighters were dispatched to the church at 32 West Baltimore Avenue, and had the flames extinguished within minutes. No one was hurt.

Police were called to the scene, and detained Creager after he admitted to setting fires inside the church.

An investigation by the State Fire Marshal’s Office determined the cause of the fires was arson. Investigators found a Molotov cocktail inside the vestibule.

Damage is estimated at $10,000 to both the structure and the contents. .

Creager is charged with 2nd-degree arson, possession of incendiary materials with intent to make a destructive device, defacing a religious property, 1st-degree malicious burning and malicious destruction of property over $1000

He’s being held in the Carroll County Detention Center without bond.


By Kevin McManus




David Francis Creager