A Camden-Wyoming man, who threw an incendiary bottle on the roof of a building, has been sentenced to five years in prison.
According to Dover Police, Benjamin Glanden, 36, threw a flaming bottle on the roof of a Liberty Court Apartments building around 6.30 a.m. on Monday, June 29, 2020, damaging the roof, siding and gutters.
Surveillance video from the scene showed Glanden walking up to Building C, lighting a bottle that contained gasoline and a paper towel, and throwing the bottle onto the roof of the building. By the time Glanden threw the lit bottle on its roof, Building C was occupied by eight adults and 10 children.
Police also said they located gas meters damaged by Glanden with a hammer and a previously reported stolen golf cart at damaged and disabled Bayhealth nearby.
In sentencing, Chief Justice Colm Connolly emphasized the seriousness of Glanden’s “reckless” behavior and the tragic consequences that could have resulted from his actions.
“The defendant’s manifestly irresponsible behavior endangered the safety of innocent residents of the apartments. But for prompt reporting to law enforcement, the defendant’s fire could have quickly resulted in significant property damage with potentially life-threatening consequences, ”US Attorney David Weiss said in a prepared statement.
“The accused’s reckless disregard for human life could easily have resulted in tragedy,” said ATF Baltimore Special Agent Timothy Jones. “We are grateful for the quick reports from the public and the swift response from our law enforcement and Dover Fire Department partners who have kept this tragedy from happening.