Man arrested, accused of arson causing $50K in damage to Sanchez Park

Playground equipment, fence damaged by flames

Zachery Shane Edwards, 51, is currently being held in the Volusia County jail without bond. (Volusia County Sheriff's Office)

ORMOND BEACH, Fla. – A 51-year-old man was arrested Wednesday after being accused of starting a fire that caused around $50,000 in damage, Ormond Beach police said.

Zachery Shane Edwards confessed to vandalizing Sanchez Park playground on Dec. 15, according to a charging affidavit.

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The Ormond Beach man went to the city’s police department to claim a bike he had reported stolen, which police found near the playground the morning of the fire, before confessing to the crime, police said.

A witness said she was near the park early in the morning and spotted the flames, according to the incident report.

Investigators said the fire damaged a jungle gym and portions of the fence surrounding a playground. A swing and a plastic car were also burnt.

Police said they found mail, aerosol cans and a pack of cigarettes near the playground and a bottle of transmission lubricant outside the fence of the playground as well.

Edwards is facing felony vandalism and making a false police report charges. He is currently being held in the Volusia County jail without bond.

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