Teens jailed for arson

By Juliette Laaka | Jul 28, 2014
Courtesy of: Knox County Jail Philip Seekins.

Rockland — Three teenagers are charged with arson following their arrest July 27 for the damage of portable toilets on Scott Street in Rockland.

Daniel Spear, of Cushing, remains in custody at the Knox County Jail on a probation hold following his initial court appearance in Sixth District Court. Bail was set at $5,000 cash.

Philip Seekins, 18, of South Thomaston was released on $500 cash bail July 27, said Jail Supervisor Kathy Carver.

A 16-year-old Thomaston juvenile was also charged. His name is not being released due to his age.

According to a state Fire Marshal's Office investigator, Spear admitted to setting the toilets on fire July 16 and July 25, using hand sanitizer to spread the blaze.

Arson is a class A felony and can carry up to a 30-year prison sentence.

The second account of arson occurred after the first fire damaged toilets had been replaced.

The suspects were initially identified from video surveillance footage, and were subsequently interviewed.

Three other teenagers told Investigator Mary MacMaster that Spear started the fire, but admitted they were present. The report also states Spear and Seekins told others they had set the fire.

Courier Publications' reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at jlaaka@courierpublicationsllc.com.

Daniel Spear. (Courtesy of: Knox County Jail)
Comments (5)
Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Jul 29, 2014 13:35

If you have a buddy, fair and true, turn on your buddy before he can turn on you.

Posted by: JOCELYN WILCOX | Jul 29, 2014 10:11

Apparently,  these young people lack the ability to find constructive things to do with their time. It seems they  have a "thing" about potties, perhaps they should be given  community service such as clearing Snow Marine Park, boardwalk, etc, of all dog droppings, or at least  daily cleaning of the new public toilets behind Main St. plus paying for the damages.  They certainly are old enough to have known better.

Posted by: Russell Garfield York | Jul 29, 2014 07:29

and the maine state firemarshals your their help in solving these crimes

Posted by: Robert Nedderman | Jul 28, 2014 19:57

The names underneath the pictures are mixed up.

Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Jul 28, 2014 16:13

Really glad to see this was solved quickly!! Good job Rockland PD.

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