ACCOMACK CO., Va. - The reward money for tips leading to the arrest and conviction of an alleged arsonist in Accomack County, has been increased, by five fold. The Accomack County Sheriff's Office is footing the bill to add an additional $20,000, to the previous $5,000, that was offered by the International Association of Arson Investigators. This makes the total a $25,000 reward for a tip that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for these crimes.
Since November 12th, 2012, through February 11th, there have been 48 confirmed structure and debris fires, that were apparently intentionally set. Most recently, on Wednesday, police say that someone tried to set fire to the Leatherbury United Methodist Church in Onancock, but that luckily the building only suffered minor damage. To date, police say that no one has been injured in any of the arsons.
Investigators have also created a new Accomack County Arson Tip Line, at 757-655-1437, where tips can be both called and texted in. The Sheriff is also distributing the flyers seen here to the right.
Accomack County Sheriff Todd Godwin said "the sheriff's office and state police have received an overwhelming response from the public with tips and information, but there are still residents out there who know something about the persons involved in setting the fires, I hope the increase in the reward will help persuade these residents to now come forward. These fires must be stopped - for the safety of our property owners, for the safety of our volunteer firefighters, and for the safety and wellbeing of our close-knit community."
Capt. T.A. Reibel, Commander of the BCI Chesapeake Field Office said "as we have stated before, state police are aggressively pursuing all leads related to these arsons, we are also confident, based on the evidence collected at the scenes, that the majority of the arsons are the work of a collaboration of individuals. The information needed to put a stop to these fires and effect an arrest is out there - we just need the right people to text us, call us or email us with what they know."
The investigation into all 48 fires is still on-going.
Monday, September 15 2014 6:32 PM EDT2014-09-15 22:32:09 GMT
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