Va. Police Arrest Suspects in Serial Arson Investigation

April 2, 2013

Police have arrested two people they say are responsible for dozens of arsons in the Virginia's Eastern Shore area.

On Tuesday, police arrested a former volunteer firefighter, Charles Smith III, and his girlfriend, Tonya Bundick.

Police say, the pair set most of the 77 fires on the Eastern Shore in the past several months.

Officers made the arrest early this morning when they say they spotted a minivan near the scene of another arson from Monday night.

When they pulled over the van, Smith and Bundick were inside.

After questioning them both, police say they are confident they have found the right suspects.

"Every night, every other night practically, and some night two or three fires a night for five months," said Corinne Geller with Virginia State Police. "Law enforcement, first responders have been responding to these incidents. Our biggest fear and frustration was the potential threat for someone to be injured or potentially killed was there with every fire."

All of the buildings that burned were abandoned, and no one was hurt.

Police worried that the suspects would eventually target homes with people inside.

Smith and Bundick are due in court on Wednesday.


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