St. Pete police: Woman possibly behind six residential arsons, also a suspect in other communities

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Police have arrested a 26-year-old woman they say may be responsible for six arsons in the vicinity of the Causeway Isle neighborhood.

On Monday, Jessica Bianca Sowick was arrested in connection with a residential burglary at the neighbor's house at 181 79th Street South. The vacant residence had been the target of previous arsons.  As a result, a hidden camera was installed and aimed at the property.

In the early morning hours of April 26, the camera captured images of Sowick in the backyard, according to a police statement.  They showed her using a permanent marker to write, among other things, "fire starter" and "you never got me."

Sowick was later arrested and she denied committing any vandalism or arsons.

She was booked into the Pinellas County Jail on one count of residential burglary.

Detectives say Sowick has been a suspect in the arson cases for several months and lives with her mother close to where many of the crimes occurred.

In two of the cases, Sowick had been given keys to the homes of people on vacation so she could take care of their pets.

Detectives went on to say that in many cases, graffiti had been left behind very similar to that found on the 79th Street home.

Investigators add that Sowick is a suspect in arson cases in two other communities where she lived prior to moving to St. Petersburg.
 

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