Authorities investigate burglary/arson
By Sparta Live | July 11, 2011 12:00 am
A resident of an East Turntable Road home returned, on July 7, after being out of town for a few days and found the residence had been broken into, several items had been taken, and the perpetrator had set the structure on fire.
According to Sgt. Jeff Hutson who also serves as the fire investigator for the Sparta Police Department, officers were dispatched, at 9:58 p.m., to 313 Turntable Road about a break-in.
Hutson stated the tenant, Chris Luna, had left town, on July 3, at approximately 12:30 p.m., and when he returned, found the front door partially open and computers and televisions missing.
Hutson said, upon further investigation, it was discovered the perpetrator had started a fire in the kitchen but the fire smothered itself out, due to a lack of oxygen.
While the fire was contained in the kitchen, the rest of the residence was reportedly damaged by smoke and heat.
The building’s owner, Wanda Brock, now faces an estimated $35,000 in damage to the structure, according to Hutson.
The property stolen was reportedly estimated to be worth approximately $2,800.
Evidence was collected at the scene and is being sent to the TBI crime lab for further analysis.
A cash reward of up to $1,500 is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator.
Anyone with any information about this crime is asked to call Sparta Police at (931) 836-3734 or the Tennessee Arson hotline at 1-800-762-3017.