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Woman faces burglary, arson charges for alleged apartment fire

Leisa M. Sanders
Leisa M. Sanders
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Monday, May 15, 2017 01:42 pm

A Fort Wayne woman faces burglary and arson charges for allegedly setting fire to her former apartment after a jail stint resulted in her eviction.

Leisa M. Sanders, 55, of the 1000 block of Oneida Street, was charged Monday in Allen Superior Court with burglary and arson, Level 4 felonies, according to court documents.

Sanders, who had been released from Allen County Lock-Up on May 9, went to her residence, where she found her vehicle towed and the locks changed on her former apartment after the landlord evicted her, according to a probable-cause affidavit.

Witnesses told police they saw Sanders look into the window of her former apartment just prior to the report of a structure fire at about 4:20 p.m. Fire crews found the living room window broken and two rocks in the living room. After fire crews determined the fire was set, the landlord's wife gave investigators Sanders' name, the affidavit said.

At about that time the landlord reported he received a phone call from Sanders who was at a Burger Dairy store. Police found her sitting outside and took her into custody, the affidavit said.

Sanders allegedly told police she was upset she was evicted while she was in jail, even though she paid the rent. She was told her wallet and new apartment keys were in her car that was towed, but the landlord didn't know where the car was towed. She said she looked in her former apartment and saw her belongings. She said she allegedly threw a rock, climbed inside and saw someone was living there while using her belongings. She said she allegedly set fire to a bag with a lighter that was still on her person the affidavit said.

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