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Scorned Lover In Bull Costume Sets Spaghetti Sauce On Fire To Cover Up Burglary

John Silva and Derrick Irving burglarized the house of a scorned lover and attempted to cover up the crimes by setting a pot of spaghetti sauce on fire. Irving was inexplicably dressed in a bull costume during the ordeal.

By Eric Shorey

It was a recipe for disaster.

Two Florida men have been charged with unarmed burglary, grand theft and arson after attempting to burn down their former lover's house by setting a pot of spaghetti sauce on fire. 

On March 14, the unnamed victim called 911 after his security cameras detected motion. The victim was alarmed that the camera had been covered with a towel, according to Click Orlando.

Police arrived to find John Silva and Derrick Irving as they attempted to flee. The two said they were picking up clothes from the victim's house. Irving was, inexplicably, wearing a bull costume.

Police also found a marijuana grinder (and a handful of other accoutrements, including a vacuum, an air conditioner, a television, and an empty jar of spaghetti sauce) in the car.

The duo denied that they were part of any burglary.

Police entered the home to find it filled with smoke. A pot of spaghetti sauce was burning on the stove and a nearby cloth had been set ablaze.

The victim later attempted to understand the pair's motivation.

"He was trying to make it look like I left the stove on but who gets up 2 a.m. and fixes sketti," the victim said, according to Click Orlando.

Once the fire was extinguished, police searched the home. Detectives determined that the two had broken into the home, stolen various items, and set the fire with the sauce in an attempt to cover up the crime.

Silva and Irving later admitted that they had both been romantically involved with the victim in the past.

The victim explained the relationship.

"It started out as a relationship, that lasted about a week," the victim said. "I've let him use my car for four months, maybe he's angry about that. Or maybe he's angry because I gave him $150 to fix his teeth."

I’m from Kentucky. [I’ve] never seen anger like that,” the victim added, according to The Sacramento Bee.

Silva is currently being held on $25,500 bond. Irving is being held without bond; officials say he violated his probation.

[Photo: Screenshot via Click Orlando]