Hanover arson suspect in jail

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Deputies say a Richmond teen is behind a series of arsons that's left one Hanover neighborhood on edge for months. 18-year-old Jacob Spiro is behind bars.

Police say he's responsible for setting three different fires in the King's Charter Community. The charred siding on the clubhouse serves a constant reminder of the fire that neighbors won't forget.

"It was a very difficult night - kind of our 9/11 for this community," said Homeowner's Association President, Rudy Burgess.

The neighbors at King's Charter pulled together, kept an eye out for any suspicious activity and reported it to police.

"Absolutely. We had a lot of calls from these people about people driving around even with our surveillance crews," said Hanover Fire & EMS Battalion Chief, William Jones.

Through surveillance and corroboration, deputies and fire officials were able to nab the suspect at a home on Monument avenue Friday night.

"It's really a good day," Chief Jones said. "I'll tell you, it's a deep sigh for this community plus for the sheriff's office and the Fire Marshals office that this case is solved."

They arrested 18-year-old Jacob Spiro for three counts of arson in connection to three separate fires between April 24 and June 8th - two fires at the club house and one at the real estate office close by mounting up more than $500,000 in damage.

The fitness room and pool are some amenities people had to go without this year.  Even though, they lost a lot, neighbors are glad the perpetrator is behind bars.

"It really is a celebration," Burgess added. "Everybody was hugging and high fiving-jumping up and down like we're in high school because it really is a sense of relief."

It also gives neighbor peace of mind now - they won't have to fear for the safety of their own home.

Clubhouse repairs should take five to six months, most of which are covered by insurance.

Spiro is being held at the Pamunkey Regional Jail without bond. He's scheduled to be arraigned Monday.

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