Linda Gail Lee during her arraignment on June 20, 2014.
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A suspect is in custody for setting dozens
of fires dating back to January 2013. Arson investigators called it a huge
break and said the person arrested does not normally fit the profile of a
For the past 18 months, investigators with the Metro Arson Bureau
have been working on the cases commonly called the wreath fires. However,
investigators said Linda Gail Lee, 54, set fire to other things as well -
flags, holiday decorations, dumpsters, a couch and motorcycles, causing
tens of thousands of dollars of damage.
said usually after having multiple drinks at a bar Lee would drive around
neighborhoods in Hikes Point and Jeffersontown and pick houses.
"About half of these are
random. The other half involve property where she had a beef with the person
that owned the property," said Major Ott.
Mary Salvate's home was
one of the houses targeted by Lee. She lives just one street over from Lee's
90-year-old mother's home.
"I didn't know what to do
I called the police," Salvate said of the incident.
The 90-year-old's porch
still shows signs of damage more than one year after her silk wreath was lit on
"The numbers above my
house were melted," she said. Fortunately her metal door and brick home kept
flames from spreading.
In March fire
investigators were able to identify a suspect caught on a security camera.
That's when they knew they were looking for a woman and a sedan with a
Louisville license plate on the front.
On Monday, fire crews were
called to a duplex fire on Belmar Drive. Investigators said Lee started the
fire and made the mistake by sticking around and that's when she was taken in
"I think that she was glad
that she got caught and she admitted that she was dangerous woman," Ott said.
Ott said Lee, who is
married and has a teenage daughter, confessed to crimes, "I believe
that there were some domestic issues and relationship problems and a feeling by
her that she was not as successful as she wanted to be," Ott said.
On Friday Lee appeared
before a judge.
During her arraignment, a judge set Lee's bond at $25,000 and
ordered her not to have any contact with the locations where she is accused of
Ott said the arrest of Lee has cleared 37 arson cases. Lee is scheduled to be back in court June 30.
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