Ship Bottom Man Charged with Arson, Burglary

Photo courtesy Ocean County Prosecutor's Office

OCEAN COUNTY – A 28-year-old Ship Bottom man has been arrested and charged with arson and burglary related to a January fire in Long Beach Township.

Colin D. Kerlin was arrested Feb. 20 and charged with second-degree aggravated arson and third-degree burglary. He’s being held at Ocean County Jail.

Long Beach Township Police and surrounding fire departments responded to a structure fire Jan. 21 at 6:53 p.m. at 8 West Scott Drive in Holgate. The structure was unoccupied for the winter. An investigation led police to find forced entry into the building, and the fire was started atop a mattress in the master bedroom.

Witnesses told police they say a white male running from the area before the fire was reported.

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While police didn’t reveal specific information, the information they received led them to charge Kerlin.

Police explained that after gaining entry into the home, Kerlin moved a mattress from another room and set it on top of the master bedroom bed, and used a butane lighter to set fire to the mattresses.