- The Enterprise
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A Golden Beach man was jailed Tuesday on arson and burglary charges in court papers alleging he set fire to two unoccupied houses last month in the northern St. Mary’s community.
Steven Lee Rovinski, 26, told people at his home on July 20 that he’d been asked to burn down a house on Golden Beach Road, according to charging papers alleging he asked them “You don’t think I will do it, do you?,” before he drove off with a fuel container in the back of his pickup truck.
“You hear the fire trucks?” Rovinski asked when he got back home 30 minutes later, charging papers state, as firefighters responded to the blaze that originated at a garage to the house owned by Michael LaBeau, and caused damages estimated at $125,000.
A predawn blaze on July 29 destroyed a house on nearby Bay Drive owned by Allen and Priscilla Berekley, resulting in a $147,000 loss, charging papers state.
“Information was later received that the defendant reported he had set the fire in the crawl space of the structure using a lighter,” deputy state fire marshal John Michael Ray wrote in a charges application. Rovinski left the house on a bicycle, charging papers left, and briefly returned there in a pickup truck, before going back to the scene a third time on the bicycle.
A court commissioner ordered that the suspect be held in lieu of $150,000 bond.