Belfast woman in hot water again after allegedly damaging pricey Jacuzzi tubs

Posted Oct. 22, 2012, at 3:43 p.m.

BELFAST, Maine — A woman who found herself in hot water this summer after becoming embroiled in a violent fracas over a missing title to a used car attracted police attention again Friday night after allegedly damaging two Jacuzzi tubs worth at least $5,000.

Deborah Degiovanni, 58, of Belfast, was issued summonses alleging aggravated criminal mischief and violation of conditions of release after police investigated her partner’s complaints that she had damaged the Jacuzzi walk-in tubs that he installs for a living.

Officers found the two uninstalled tubs that were in front of her home had been splattered with red paint, according to Detective Sgt. Bryan Cunningham of the Belfast Police Department. One of the plastic tubs also had been cracked, he said.

“She said they were on her property, and she can do whatever she wants,” Cunningham said. “She said she might have hit one with a paint can.”

Her partner estimated the damage at $5,000 and said the tubs were now unusable, Cunningham said.

Degiovanni was on probation from a July incident in which she is accused of breaking into a Winterport man’s home to retrieve the missing title to a car she had bought from him. The man told police that he was sleeping when she knocked on his bedroom door and started yelling about the missing title, police said this summer. The man eventually fled his home to call police, but Degiovanni and two traveling companions followed him, and a fight left the Winterport man bleeding from the head.

After that incident, Degiovanni, who told police that she also was injured in the fight, was issued criminal citations for burglary, criminal mischief and assault. One of her companions, Matteo Adragna, also of Belfast, was charged with aggravated assault.

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