A man was arrested after allegedly saying that ‘spirits’ told him to set his boss’ future home on fire.
Thanh Ha, 54, was recorded on several surveillance cameras biking up to a home under construction in St Petersburg on May 3 shortly before noon.
Ha appeared to lock his bike to a stop sign and then go inside the home while trying to conceal his face with clothing, state arrest documents obtained by WFLA.
Roughly five minutes later, Ha was recorded running out of the home, unlocking his bicycle and fleeing.
The prospective buyers of the home identified Ha as one of their employees, the documents state.
Ha admitted to setting the structure ablaze ‘because “spirits” told him to’, officers wrote. He denied that he did so because he was mad at his boss.
He has been charged with arson in the second degree and his bond has been set at $10,000, according to the TV station.