State Fire Marshal Sink Announces Arson Arrest after Spread of Molotov Cocktail
Contact: Jayme O’Rourke
ORLANDO--Florida Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Alex Sink has announced the arrest of an Orlando man charged with multiple arsons after throwing a “Molotov cocktail” into a neighbor’s trailer that spread to other property.
Craig Allen Aylesworth, 52, allegedly used an open flame to ignite a “Molotov cocktail,” or gasoline bomb, and threw the device into his neighbor’s travel trailer. The fire spread to wooded areas nearby and onto his property, where it burned a shed, a travel trailer, and three vehicles.
Aylesworth was charged with arson to one dwelling, arson to two structures, arson to three vehicles, and possession and use of a destructive device. He is currently in custody in the Orange County Jail on no bond and pending court appearance; if convicted, he faces up to 30 years behind bars.
“Arson is a serious crime that puts innocent citizens and rescue personnel at great risk, and this situation shows just how destructive arson can be,” said State Fire Marshal Sink. “I commend Detective Kyle Barron, who has diligently worked this case.”
The Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations is a law enforcement branch of the Division of State Fire Marshal that assists other state and local fire and law enforcement agencies in the investigation of fires of suspicious origin. Anyone with information about arson or any suspicious incident of fire is asked to call 1-877-662-7766 (1-877-NO-ARSON). Rewards are offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction.
As a statewide elected officer of the Florida Cabinet, Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink oversees the Department of Financial Services, a multi-division state agency responsible for management of state funds and unclaimed property, assisting consumers who request information and help related to financial services, and investigating financial fraud. CFO Sink also serves as the State Fire Marshal.