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Two Arrested In Connection With Accomack Arsons

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Arrested: Charles R. Smith AKA Charles Applegate Arrested: Charles R. Smith AKA Charles Applegate
Arrested: Tonya Bundick Arrested: Tonya Bundick
Airport Drive arson: April 1, 2013 Airport Drive arson: April 1, 2013
Mini van Smith and Bundick were driving when taken into custody Mini van Smith and Bundick were driving when taken into custody

ACCOMACK CO., Va. -    After nearly 5 months and 77 intentionally set fires, two suspects are now in custody in connection to the Accomack County Arson Investigation.

After More than 1,200 tips and extensive surveillance and investigation, the missing pieces of the puzzle come together. 40 year old Tonya Bundick and 38-year-old Charles Smith, who also goes by the alias of Charlie Applegate, both of Parksley, Virginia were taken into custody Tuesday morning - each charged with one felony count of arson and one felony count of conspiracy to commit arson in relation to Monday night's fire at a vacant residence on the 19300 block of Airport Drive in Melfa. The arrest was made when a gold minivan was spotted near the blaze. 

"That fire was reported about 11:40 PM last night. Shortly after midnight this morning, a state trooper and a sheriff's deputy initiated a traffic stop on that minivan at the intersection of Airport Drive and Route 13. Bundick and Smith were taken into custody without incident," VSP Public Information Officer Corinne Geller said. 

VSP say that they are confident that they have solid evidence that Smith and Bundick are responsible for a majority of the arsons in Accomack County. The two are reportedly boyfriend and girlfriend and reside together in a home in Parksley. Of the 77 confirmed arsons investigators say a handful are the result of copycats. But State Police remain tight lipped on the details. They're looking ahead to very complex prosecution ahead, due to the shear number of arsons involved. 

"We aren't just shutting down and going home. There's still a lot of investigative work to be done. We're shifting now to the analysis of the evidence collected, the interviews conducted, and really now pulling together some 1200 leads and piecing this together so that we can make sure that these two individuals are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," Geller said. 

Smith and Bundick are being held without bond in the Accomack County Jail. According to the Commonwealth's Attorney, additional charges for the remaining fires will be forthcoming very soon. An arraignment for both is set for Wednesday, April 3. 

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with tips and information about Smith and Bundick and/or information on the arsons in general are asked to call or text the Accomack County Arson Tip Line at 757-655-1437. 

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