Suspected Causeway Isles serial arsonist, Jessica Sowick, arrested

11:08 AM, Apr 30, 2013   |    comments
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St. Petersburg, Florida -- Causeway Isles residents may be able to rest easy as St. Pete Police detectives say they have a "strong suspect" in custody they believe is responsible for the six arsons and series of vandalism cases over the last year and a half that has plagued the neighborhood.

Detectives say on Monday, April 29, they arrested 26-year-old Jessica Sowick in connection with the burglary of her neighbor's home in the 100 block of 79th Street South.

Due to the fact the vacant home has been the target of previous arsons and acts of vandalism since October 2011, detectives installed cameras to capture the suspect in the act.

In the early morning hours of April 26, detectives say the camera captured several images of Sowick entering the backyard of the home and, with a permanent marker, writing various profanities on the exterior walls including, "Fire Starter" and "You Never Got Me".

Surveillance Pics: Causeway Isles vandalism

St. Pete Police say Sowick has denied any involvement in the previous incidents, but detectives say she has been a suspect in the arson cases for the past several months.

They note that in two cases where the fires had been set to the homes of people on vacation, she had been given keys to the homes to take care of pets while her neighbors were away.

In many cases, they say the wanted arsonist had written very similar graffiti on the walls as she did on camera. In addition, investigators in two other jurisdictions where Sowick had lived before, there were also a number of suspicious fires and arson similar to those in St. Petersburg.

The investigation is still ongoing and, at this time, detectives have charged Sowick with one count residential burglary.

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