Ar­son/mis­chief in­ves­ti­ga­tion in southamp­ton

Shoreline Beacon - - News - Frances Lear­ment Ed­i­tor

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.

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