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The following article was posted on September 18th, 2013, in the New Times - Volume 28, Issue 8 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from New Times [newtimesslo.com] - Volume 28, Issue 8

Woman allegedly burns ex-boyfriend's possessions, ignites fire

BY RHYS HEYDEN

What started as an otherwise normal fight between a Nipomo resident and his ex-girlfriend allegedly turned fiery and felonious, according to court records recently obtained by New Times.

According to an affidavit drafted by Cal Fire Battalion Chief Thomas McEwen, on June 1 of this year, Kailey Lind Chillinsky, 21, confronted her ex-boyfriend at his workplace in Pismo Beach.

A separate police report said that Chillinsky, according to her ex-boyfriend, was “very belligerent” during the argument and attempted to assault him several times.

The affidavit alleged that, during the argument, Chillinsky told her ex, “Oh, and by the way, I went to your house in Nipomo and took all your stuff out and burned it all.”

The report said the ex-boyfriend didn’t believe Chillinsky at first, but that upon arriving home, he discovered a fire and frantically—but unsuccessfully—attempted to put it out with water.

McEwen responded to the fire at 540 Story St. in Nipomo, along with deputies from the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office. Cal Fire was able to successfully put out the blaze.

The report stated that a “large amount” of the ex-boyfriend’s personal items had been hurled out of a broken bedroom window and set on fire outside the house. Flames had also damaged a nearby wooden fence and the occupied residential structure, according to the affidavit.

The report stated that the investigating officer “did not see one single item inside [the ex-boyfriend’s] bedroom that was left.”

On an exterior glass window, which was severely cracked and broken, black spray paint spelled out “Fuck you,” according to the report.

The report said McEwen estimated the structure damage at $1,000 and the ex-boyfriend’s loss of personal items at a minimum of $400.

McEwen determined that the fire was arson after speaking with a neighbor who reported hearing a female voice at the residence that afternoon and then seeing smoke, the affidavit said. McEwen wrote that this statement gave him probable cause to believe Chillinsky started the fire.

The report said SLO County Sheriff’s deputies interviewed Chillinsky late on June 2, but she refused to speak to them without first talking to an attorney. She was subsequently arrested without incident and transported to SLO County Jail.

She bailed out on June 5 on a $50,000 bond, according to court records.

Chillinsky has been charged with four felony counts: burglary, felony arson of property, vandalism to property over $400, and domestic battery. She pleaded not guilty to all charges on July 10.

Jeffrey Stein, a San Luis Obispo-based attorney, is representing Chillinsky and declined to comment on the case. McEwen and the SLO County Sheriff’s Office also declined to comment on the ongoing investigation.

Chillinsky is due back in court on Oct. 9.