Newtown [Connecticut] police allege that the 39-year-old proprietor of Rooster Wines & Liquors at 113 South Main Street falsely reported to them that an armed robbery occurred there on the night of Saturday, January 21. Police further allege that Scott B. Young of Southington falsely claimed that two robbers started a fire within the store, and also sprayed anti-Semitic graffiti [“Burn The Jew”] on the building’s exterior after committing robbery.
Through their investigation, police determined that no robbery occurred and that Young started that fire and sprayed the graffiti, according to a court affidavit.
Hate hoaxing does not always pay. Young has been charged with “first-degree arson, first-degree criminal mischief, making a false statement, interfering with police, and three counts of first-degree reckless endangerment.”
As for motive,
On January 24, Young filed a claim with his insurance company concerning the January 21 incident, after which the firm assigned a fire investigator to review the case, police state in the court papers.
Young has a history of bankruptcy.
Laments Police Chief James Viadero,
“The fact that Mr Young used racial epithets and symbolism to cover up a crime was extremely disturbing to not only the community, but all the [emergency services] agencies involved. Such an incident unnerves the community and we are thankful we could bring the incident to a successful resolution and put everyone’s concerns at ease.”
No doubt Young expected that he would receive more sympathy if he portrayed himself as a victim of racism, possibly distracting authorities from the true nature of the crime. But by now police have a great deal of experience in sniffing out hate hoaxes.
On a tip from Dave F.