Updated 02/12/2013 05:06 PM
Warrensburg woman accused of trying to burn house down with WD-40
A Warrensburg woman is in custody after Sheriff's deputies say she tried to burn down the home she shared with her boyfriend and two children. As YNN's Matt Hunter reports, it's the way deputies say she tried to set the home on fire that's left them surprised.
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WARRENSBURG, N.Y. – According to neighbors and her own boyfriend, Sadie Robinson was known to act irrationally; but the alleged act that landed the 29-year-old in jail Monday seemed to surprise everyone.
"I suspected she would leave but I never suspected she would pull anything like this ever," said Jackie Ehle, a neighbor.
"This is unique to us too,” said Steven Stockdale, a lieutenant with the Warren County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Unit. “We've never seen anybody do anything quite like this before, thankfully."
According to deputies, Robinson took a container of highly flammable WD-40, lit it on fire and placed it inside the oven of her Warrensburg home, all while her two children waited outside in a parked car and her boyfriend remained asleep in the next room.
"If this had ignited, as it would have in a very short period of time, who knows what could have happened," Stockdale said.
While he declined to appear on camera, Robinson's boyfriend, Pete Moody, told YNN he awoke to find the apartment completely filled with smoke. He immediately began searching for Robinson and their two children and after stepping outside quickly realized all three were missing.
Several hours later, Robinson was located with the children at Albany International Airport, attempting to board a flight to Tampa.
She's been charged with second degree attempted arson and third degree grand larceny for allegedly stealing a tax return debit card worth $7,500.
"She's given us several explanations for why she did it, none of them make a whole lot of sense," said Stockdale.
“On another occasion she said he [Moody] smoked inside the house and she wanted him to experience a smoke filled house the way her kids did.”
No one was injured and the damage to Robinson and Moody's home appears minimal; an outcome friends and neighbors know could have been much worse.
"I was very happy that he got his kids and they were safe and okay," Ehle said.
Robinson remains in custody at the Warren County Jail with bail set at $40,000.