NORTH SALEM, N.Y. - A Somers teen was arrested Thursday and faces felony burglary, arson and criminal mischief charges, according to the New York State Police Department for allegedly breaking into and setting fire to a North Salem home.
Police say on Dec. 10, Jeremiah R. Healy, 17, entered a Fox Den Lane home in North Salem by breaking a kitchen window. Once inside the home, Healy is accused of spreading gasoline and setting areas of the house on fire.
Police say they received a call from the property's owners when they noticed an unfamiliar vehicle pulling out of the driveway as they arrived home. Once inside, they noticed the broken window and the fire damage, according to police.
The Westchester County Fire Cause and Origin Team determined that the gasoline was spread in several areas of the home, police said. Based on a vague description of the unknown vehicle observed pulling out of the driveway, state police investigators identified Healy as the suspect. Police say the homeowners and Healy did not know each other prior to the incident.
Healy was charged with third-degree arson, a C felony; second-degree burglary, a C felony; and second-degree criminal mischief, a D felony. He was arraigned in the Town of North Salem Court and released on $2,000 bail. He is scheduled to appear in court on Monday, Jan. 7.