Woman accused of setting Phoenix apartment on fire

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By Jayson Chesler By Jayson Chesler
By Jayson Chesler By Jayson Chesler

PHOENIX (AP) -- A woman is accused of arson after allegedly breaking into a Phoenix apartment and stealing a laptop before setting the unit on fire.

Witnesses told Phoenix police they saw 22-year-old Jasmin Pita punch open a window and enter an apartment last Thursday. Witnesses said that Pita told them she forgot her keys, but Pita did not live in the apartment.

Investigators believe Pita's ex-boyfriend lived in the apartment but moved out in December 2012.

Court records show that witnesses reported seeing Pita leave through the front door and saw a fire and smoke through one of the apartment windows.

Police say the bedroom where the fire started was ruined and the rest of the apartment was damaged because of the heat and smoke. The investigation into the cause of the fire determined it to be arson, according to court records.

Police could not locate Pita on the day of the fire, but found her days later after receiving a stolen vehicle report. Pita allegedly took one of her friend's cars without the friend's permission, according to court records. A laptop was found under the passenger seat of the vehicle. A records search of the laptop determined it was taken from the apartment.

Pita has been booked into jail on suspicion of arson, burglary and theft and other charges.

It was unclear Tuesday if she has an attorney.

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