November 20, 2008

Illinois man accused of burning toilets

An 18-year-old man from Big Rock, Ill., allegedly set fire to a church bathroom stall and burned two portable toilets in a single night, police said.

Police in Cary, Ill., said Thomas J. Meehan allegedly set fire to a St. Peter and Paul Church bathroom stall on Oct. 10, before conducting similar arson with two portable toilets, the Daily Herald newspaper in Arlington Heights, Ill., reported Thursday.

Cary Police Detective Susan Ellis said an anonymous tip linked Meehan to the three fires, which caused limited damage and resulted in no injuries.

Ellis said Meehan allegedly admitted to the three acts of arson but offered no explanation for the motive for his crimes.

The Daily Herald said after being arrested last Friday on an unrelated criminal trespass charge, the suspected toilet arsonist was held on $70,000 bond pending a court appearance on the criminal charges.