Concession stand arsonist indicted in Weathersfield case

WARREN — A man awaiting sentencing for breaking into and setting fire to a Niles football concession stand in August was indicted Monday on charges in another jurisdiction.

Ricky Mohn, 19, Lancer Court NW, was indicted on one count each of felony vandalism and felony breaking and entering, according to a grand jury list. The charges were filed by Weathersfield police.

Police were called 12:56 a.m. June 25 to Southside Landscaping, 1806 Warren Ave., where a front loader, two pickup trucks and an out building were damaged or destroyed, according to reports. Other items inside the business were reported stolen, according to a police report.

Mohn pleaded guilty Oct. 20 to felony charges of arson and breaking and entering, heading off a trial that was supposed to start Monday. A second charge of breaking and entering was dropped in exchange for his plea, court records show.

Police said Mohn set fire to the Niles Dragon Wagon concession stand in the early morning hours of Aug. 19. The concession stand, located in Bo Rein Stadium, is where the Niles Football Mothers sell Red Dragon merchandise to raise money for students.

Mohn was arrested a week after the fire and has been at the Trumbull County Jail since then. Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Ronald Rice ordered a pre-sentence investigation for Mohn after his plea.

Three juveniles — Brandon Swiger, 16, of Niles; Desmond Behner, 17, of Warren; and Zachary Robinson, 15, of Warren —  also were charged in the case and each are facing two charges of breaking and entering and one charge of arson in Trumbull County Family Court.

The school district is seeking restitution for the $5,000 insurance deductible. The concession stand was worth about $8,000 and the merchandise was worth about $2,000, according to Niles Superintendent Ann Marie Thigpen.

She said the Dragon Wagon will be rebuilt in the spring.