Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Public safety

Deputies: Man set fires at Hudson boat dealership

HUDSON — A man was arrested Monday and accused of breaking into a boat dealership earlier this month and setting two boats ablaze.

Just before sunrise on Aug. 2, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report, Earl Horton broke through a fence at Source 1 Marine at 6912 Puffin Lane.

Once inside, he reportedly doused two boats with "ignitable liquids," set fire to them with a cigarette lighter and took off. The report says the fire caused significant damage to the boats.

Deputies found Horton at his home, 18534 St. Paul Drive in Spring Hill, on Monday and arrested him on burglary and arson charges. He was booked into the Land O'Lakes jail where he remained Tuesday in lieu of $15,000 bail.

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