Arson/mischief investigation in southampton
A “personal” dispute led to the arrest of a 24-yearold Sarnia man in connection with arson and “vulgar” graffiti sprayed painted on the exterior of a Southampton residence early Nov. 10, according to the homeowner/victim who declined further comment when asked for details Nov. 12 at the Winchfield Rd. property.
Saugeen Shores police said the homeowner awoke at 2:15 a.m. to find her backyard shed engulfed in flames — fire officials said the blaze was deliberately set and it destroyed the shed and contents.
The tires and windows of the victim’s car, parked in the driveway of the quiet residential neighbourhood, had been damaged. The vehicle was also spray painted and foam insulation sprayed into the gas tank.
All four exterior walls of the house had been sprayed painted with what police called “vulgar wording” in orange and black paint. The victim’s insurance agent quickly cleaned up the brick but not soon enough for the homeowner who said she was annoyed that people kept driving by her home all weekend to take pictures.
Police did not release any details of the suspect’s arrest except to say it took place later that day — they did not say where. The charges included criminal harassment, arson, mischief over $5,000, trespass at night and two counts of fail to comply with probation.
A male roommate of the victim, who did not give his name, said the suspect was known to police and that some 70-feet of tire marks on the road in front of the house had been left by the accused two weeks ago.
The accused, whose parents live in Saugeen Shores, was remanded in custody for a show cause hearing Nov. 14.