COOS BAY — A would-be swashbuckler was arrested early Thursday for reckless burning and criminal mischief after he allegedly started a fire aboard an historic tugboat.
Around 1:30 a.m., the Coos Bay Police Department and the Coos Bay Fire Department responded to a report of smoke coming from the historic Tugboat Irene displayed in the 400 block of North Bayshore Drive.
When police arrived, they found a fire burning inside the boat and 60-year-old Jeffery Warner standing on the stern.
According to police, Warner told officers that he was just trying to keep warm. Based on Warner’s statement police inferred that it was him who started the fire.
Coos Bay firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze, with only minor damage to the inside of the tugboat.
Warren is homeless and recently moved to the Bay Area. He told police that he was able to pry open one of the doors to get inside the boat.
During the investigation, Coos Bay police found property inside the tug boat that they associated with Warner. Pirate-related items were found inside, including several fake skulls, a fake parrot, pirate-related jewelry and toy eye patches.
At the time of his arrest he was also wearing pirate jewelry and a sweatshirt with a large pirate picture on the back. It is unknown if Warner’s affinity for pirate related items was his draw to the community and the tug boat.
Warner was arrested and transported to the Coos County Jail for reckless burning and first degree criminal mischief.