Three arrested for allegedly setting fire to Rockland portable toilets

Daniel Spear
Daniel Spear
Posted July 28, 2014, at 11:55 a.m.
Last modified July 28, 2014, at 6:08 p.m.
Philip Seekins
Philip Seekins

ROCKLAND, Maine — Two adults and a juvenile were arrested late Sunday and charged with setting fire to portable toilets at a popular Rockland beach.

Daniel Spear, 19, who is listed as a transient, and Philip Seekins, 18, of Thomaston were both arrested and charged with arson, according to Rockland Fire Chief Adam Miceli.

A male juvenile also was arrested, the chief said.

The juvenile was released to the custody of his parents. Seekins was released on bail. Spear remained at the Knox County Jail after making his initial court appearance Monday afternoon in Rockland District Court.

Judge Susan Sparaco set bail at $5,000 cash. A probation hold also was placed on Spear for alleged violations of conditions set on him for juvenile offenses, according to District Attorney Geoffrey Rushlau.

The latest incident occurred Friday night shortly after 10 p.m. at Sandy Beach Park. One toilet was in flames when the first crews arrived, and the second one, which is attached to the other, had been prepared for burning but had not ignited. The chief said toilet paper and hand sanitizer had been used to set the fire.

On July 16, two portable toilets at the same location were destroyed by fire.

The state fire marshal, Rockland and Thomaston police, and Rockland and Thomaston fire departments, participated in the investigation that led to the arrests, Miceli said.

Miceli said the three also will be charged with the July 16 arson.

 

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