ST. PETERSBURG — A 34-year-old woman was charged with arson on Wednesday after police said she admitted to setting her ex-boyfriend's pick-up on fire.
Linda Conver at first told investigators it was an accident. Then police said she admitted deliberately igniting his vehicle with a lit cigarette. In fact, police say she told them that she repeatedly tried to set it on fire.
"She said she tried to throw a lit cigarette down the gas tank," said police spokesman Mike Puetz. "That didn't work, fortunately for her."
The incident started around 2 a.m., when police say Conver banged on the door of the home at 1519 39th St. S where her former boyfriend was staying.
"He said he chose not to answer the door," Puetz said.
She returned around 3:30 a.m., police say, and tried to ignite his 1994 Ford F-150 pick-up. One of the door windows was missing, so she took a lit cigarette and start lighting holes in a sweater laying inside. Then she ignited the sweater, police say. Police did not say how exactly the truck caught fire.
St. Petersburg firefighters extinguished the vehicle, which was a total loss. But firefighters said they could not get the boyfriend to answer the door afterward. They towed the vehicle. The boyfriend didn't find out what had happened until he woke up hours later and reported his truck missing.
Conver, of 7025 Fourth St. N, was also charged with violating probation. She was being held Wednesday without bail in the Pinellas County jail.