UPDATE: Rockport car theft leads to arson charges for Lincolnville woman

By Staff | Jul 18, 2016
Courtesy of: Portland Press Herald Melanie Vangel

Cape Elizabeth — A Lincolnville woman has been charged with arson after a stolen vehicle from Rockport was found torched July 16 in Cape Elizabeth, according to Rockport Police.

Cape Elizabeth and the State Fire Marshal's office arrested Melanie Vangel, 20, July 16 for two counts of arson, a class A felony, and unauthorized use of property after a vehicle stolen from Rockport late Friday or early Saturday was found burned in Cape Elizabeth, according to Interim Rockport Police Chief Randy Gagne.

Investigators from the State Fire Marshal's Office say Vangel stole a 2014 Chrysler Town and County van from Main Street in Rockport. She drove to New Hampshire, and after returning to Maine, parked the vehicle next to a garage at 2 Light Terrace in Cape Elizabeth, and set it on fire. The van was destroyed and the garage sustained several thousand dollars in damage.

Vangel was taken to the Cumberland County Jail in Portland. Her bail has been set at $50,000.

Cape Elizabeth authorities, Rockport Police and the Fire Marshal's office will be investigating this incident further. Additional charges may follow.

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