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Bad breakup blamed for lingerie store arson attempt

October 4, 2012 |  9:57 am


A bad breakup is being blamed for an arson attempt at a Dana Point lingerie store.

Investigators say Jennifer Renee Colwell, 42, had been in a relationship with a man who had purchased gifts for her at the store during their relationship, according to KTLA-TV.

She was spotted throwing a flaming, gasoline-soaked pillow at the business early Tuesday morning, sparking flames that reached six feet before firefighters arrived, said Lt. Roland Chacon of the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

A deputy spotted Colwell just before 12:30 a.m. in the 34100 block of Pacific Coast Highway, Chacon said. She stopped by the deputy, who determined that Colwell had been in a relationship that had recently ended.

Officials suspect Colwell had also accumulated trash around the businesses to feed the flames. According to arrest records, Colwell was being held in Central Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.


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