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Police say man tried to damage ex-girlfriend’s property twice with fire

KINGWOOD, W.Va. — A Preston County man faces multiple charges after investigators from the West Virginia Fire Marshal’s Office say he twice tried to damage his girlfriend’s property with fire.

Glenn Casteel

Glenn Casteel, 60, of Kingwood, was arrested Wednesday on charges of criminal use of a destructive or incendiary device, conspiracy to inflict injury to persons or property; accessory before and after the fact; third-degree arson, and fourth-degree arson.

According to state police, the first incident occurred on April 4, 2021, when the former girlfriend noticed  the insulation on the wire for her phone charger had been deliberately stripped back and placed on her bed, to cause a fire when the wire got hot.

Then in August, Casteel allegedly hired two people to throw a lighted Molotov Cocktail at the woman’s vehicle while it was parked at her Kingwood residence.

Casteel was taken into custody following a 10-month investigation by fire marshals, troopers and the Kingwood Police Department.

Casteel is being held in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail on $285,000 bail.

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