Joshua James Levins was charged with making threats using an explosive or incendiary device.
A Burlington man was arrested Sunday morning after allegedly pouring gasoline on items outside of his mother's home and threatening to burn it down.
Joshua James Levins, 34, 233 Summer St., is charged with making threats using an explosive or incendiary device, a class D felony, and reckless use of fire or explosives, a serious misdemeanor.
According to the criminal complaint against Levins, police were called to 311 Summer St. in reference to complaints Levins was pouring gasoline on the front porch of the property and the car in the driveway, as well pieces of mail from his address, which he placed next to the home.
Officers could smell gasoline on the car and a rug on the front porch next to the door when they arrived on the scene. They also found a file of mail from Levins' address soaked in gasoline to the point that some of the envelopes were starting to break down.
Levins' had texted his sister saying, "Make Mom talk to me or I'm taking her house out!" the complaint states.
When officers spoke with Levins, he admitted to bringing a gas can to his mother's home but denied pouring any gasoline. Officers found the nearly-empty gas can in the back yard.
Associate District Court Judge Jennifer Slocum Bailey on Monday set Levins' bond at $10,000 cash or surety and ordered him to next appear in court at 2 p.m. Nov. 1.