Police: Woman tried to start fire at neighbor’s house in Derry Township |

Police: Woman tried to start fire at neighbor’s house in Derry Township

A Derry Township woman was jailed Thursday for allegedly attempting to set her neighbor’s house on fire with an incendiary device placed under a wooden deck in the rear of the house, state police at Greensburg said.

Diane Lynn Sanner, 58, is accused of placing the device under the neighbor’s back porch on Wednesday afternoon. Police collected the components of the device, which had been set on fire with a match.

No damage was reported.

Sanner, dressed in a dark hooded sweatshirt with the hood up, allegedly ran from the scene when she was confronted by another neighbor as she placed a package underneath the porch, police said. She allegedly identified herself, then fled to her vehicle in an alley, police said.

Sanner’s 2014 Chevrolet sedan matched the description of the car seen leaving the alley, police said.

State police were notified of the incident at 3:15 p.m.

The victim told police there were three other arson attempts at the house in recent weeks.

Sanner was charged with two counts of arson, three counts of aggravated assault and simple assault, possessing an explosive device, risking a catastrophe and three counts of recklessly endangering another person.

One of the aggravated assault counts pertains to an offense against a 13-year-old.

Sanner was arraigned before Derry District Judge Mark Bilik and placed in the Westmoreland County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bond. Sanner is scheduled for a preliminary hearing before Bilik on Wednesday.

Police did not offer a motive in the arson attempts.

Joe Napsha is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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