St. Peters man charged in Forest Park Boat House arson

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William Terney

William Terney

ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office charged a 46-year-old St. Peters man Tuesday in connection with a pair of arsons at popular destinations in Forest Park.

According to court documents, fires were set at the Norman K. Probstein Community Golf Course and the Boat House Restaurant in the early morning hours of June 7. In addition, property was stolen from both locations.

The fire and theft at the golf course occurred between 1:18 a.m. and 1:40 a.m. The fire and theft at the Boat House happened between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m.

Prosecutors said a St. Louis City park ranger stopped William Terney near the Boat House because he matched the description given for a man suspected of arson and property damage at the golf course. When he was taken into custody, police not only recovered stolen property from the Boat House Restaurant, but also several Mac Pro laptops belonging to the Shakespeare Festival of Forest Park, which had been stolen between June 6 and June 7.

Terney was charged with second-degree burglary, two counts of knowingly burning or exploding, first-degree property damage, stealing, and two counts of stealing under $500.

Terney had been on probation prior to his arrest. He has a lengthy criminal history in Illinois, Oklahoma, Florida, Colorado, and California. He also has convictions in St. Louis County for second-degree burglary and first-degree property damage.