A woman is being held in the Polk County Jail after police say she lit multiple fires in an attempt to get revenge on her boyfriend.
Sixty-five-year-old Jane Heslinga is charged with one count of second-degree arson for the incidents that happened early Monday morning. According to a criminal complaint, police were called to a home in the 600 block of 24th St. in West Des Moines a little before 1:00 a.m. on a report of a vehicle fire.
A witness told police he saw Heslinga break out a window of a vehicle and she said she was going to start it on fire – and that’s what she did. Firefighters were able to put out the flames quickly but say the situation was dangerous because there was an LP can within about five feet of the vehicle.
Police say they knocked on the owner’s door but no one answered so they cleared the scene.