2 Orangetown men torched BMW for insurance money, cops say

Emergency personnel work the scene of a burned Emergency personnel work the scene of a burned BMW in Orangetown. (Feb. 7, 2013) Photo Credit: Orangetown Police Department

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Two Rockland County men were behind bars Thursday after they torched a BMW to try to collect the insurance money, police said.

The two alleged "Beemer" burners -- Ryan Swann, 22, of William Street in Sparkill and Brian Baez, 23, of Bogart Place in Tappan -- were charged with felonies: first-degree arson and third-degree insurance fraud, Orangetown police Det. Lt. Jim Brown said Thursday.

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At 2:11 a.m. Thursday, Orangetown police got a report of a stolen car on Oak Tree Road. Meanwhile, another call came in reporting a car fire on Kopac Lane in the same hamlet, officials said.

Police allege that Swann and Baez reported the car stolen and burned it to try to pocket the insurance money.

Swann apparently owned the 2009 silver BMW 328i four-door sedan, police said. A car of that description with 50,000 miles has a Kelley Blue Book retail value of $21,000-$23,000, according to Kelley's website.

Both men were arraigned Thursday before Orangetown Town Court Justice Richard Finning and were being held at Rockland County Jail without bail Thursday. No attorney was listed for either man in court records. They are set to return to court Wednesday.

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