QUINTON, Ala. (WIAT) – Two people were arrested in Quinton for vandalizing a home Tuesday afternoon.
Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Chief Deputy Randy Christian says Jesse Smith, 35, and Shanaee Dean, 31, were each charged with first-degree criminal mischief. The owner of the home believes the suspects were retaliating for being evicted after marijuana plants were found in the flower bed.
Christian says deputies responded to reports of a burglary in progress Tuesday afternoon around 3:30 p.m. on Greer Road.
The owner of the property was told former tenants were at the home breaking windows and damaging the residence. Christian says the owner sent her son to check on the property, and when he arrived he spotted one of the suspects coming out from underneath the home with copper pipes in his hand.
When confronted, the suspects threatened to burn the home down and kill the son and his mother.
Christian says the suspects broke windows, poured paint thinner on the hardwood floors and removed all copper from underneath the house.
Smith and Dean fled the scene but were taken into custody a short while later. They were booked into the Jefferson County Jail on $2,500 bond.
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