Police: Man arrested following overnight arsons in three Douglas County towns
RIDDLE, Ore. -- A Myrtle Creek man was arrested overnight following a series of arsons in Douglas County, authorities reported.
Around 1:40 a.m., Douglas County Sheriff's Office investigated an arson of a Pepsi soda vending machine at T & D Laundry in Riddle., which was destroyed by the fire.
Police say video evidence helped develop a suspect, identified as 32-year-old Jason David Deschenes of Myrtle Creek.
Police say he intentionally set the machine on fire in order to gain access to the coins in the machine. He's believed to have stolen "a quantity of coins from the machine," the sheriff's office said.
A second, similar case took place at the Leisure Inn in Canyonville where the suspect appeared to be the same man as in the Riddle case.
Around 2:30 a.m., a man believed to be Deschenes committed a similar crime at the Holiday Inn in Roseburg, according to police.
In this case, the suspect lit another vending machine on fire, causing estimated damages of over $1,000, the report said.
"Evidence left at this scene indicated this case was arson," Douglas County Sheriff's Office said. "A description of the suspect was given to area law enforcement and a Douglas County Sheriff's Office deputy located the suspect at Walmart in Roseburg based on the given description."
Police say Deschenes was in possession of additional evidence leading to his arrest.
He was lodged at the Douglas County Jail for three counts of Arson in the Second Degree, Criminal Mischief in the First Degree and three counts of Theft in the Third Degree.