Homeless man charged with arson, accused of burning tent

Published: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at 12:16 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at 12:16 p.m.

A homeless man was arrested late Monday after being accused of burning down the tent of a person who shared a campsite with him.

Gainesville police said James Albert Wimmer, 49, was charged with arson of a dwelling.

The campsite where the incident happened was in the woods in the 100 block of Southeast 16th Avenue. Officer Shawn Barnes said Wimmer and the victim, Connie Lou Burger, had been arguing when Wimmer apparently pulled Burger's tent out of the ground and threw it into a campfire. Burger told police that most of her belongings - such as shoes and clothing - were inside the tent and also burned.

Police said the remnants of Burger's belongings could still be identified in the fire when they arrived.

Wimmer was booked into the Alachua County jail.

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