Dexter man facing arson charge after allegedly burning girlfriend’s belongings in fire pit

Posted June 26, 2014, at 11:20 a.m.

DEXTER, Maine — A Dexter man is facing multiple charges, including arson, after allegedly burning belongings of his live-in girlfriend after the pair got into an argument last month, police said.

Casey Gilbert, 33, was taken into custody on Wednesday following a lengthy investigation of an incident that took place on May 26, Dexter Police Chief Kevin Wintle said.

The sequence of events started when Gilbert and the woman, with whom he has a child, got into an argument on the afternoon of May 26, according to Wintle.

Soon after the woman left for work in Dover-Foxcroft, Gilbert allegedly went to her workplace in that town and made threats to harm her and burn her belongings in a fire pit, Wintle said.

When the woman returned to the Dexter residence around 10:30 p.m., she discovered some of her personal belongings were missing and found them burned in the fire pit, Wintle said.

Following a lengthy investigation by Dexter police and the state fire marshal’s office, Gilbert was taken into custody Wednesday night by Dexter police Officers Scott Jones and Dana Gatcomb.

Gilbert’s charges include a Class A felony count of arson, and misdemeanor charges of terrorizing, domestic violence criminal mischief, domestic violence terrorizing and theft, the police chief said.

Gilbert was taken to Penobscot County Jail after his arrest. If convicted, he could spend up to 30 years behind bars on the Class A arson charge.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence and would like to talk with an advocate, call 866-834-4357, TRS800-787-3224. This free, confidential service is available 24/7 and is accessible from anywhere in Maine.

 

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