Bomb & Arson offers reward in arson case
Posted: Friday, February 25, 2011 5:01 pm
NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Bomb and Arson Investigation Section is offering a cash reward of up to $1,500 for information that leads to a conviction related to the fire that severely damaged the Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole office on May 18, 2010, in Springfield.
In the early morning hours of May 18, the front door of the Robertson County office was broken and the office was set on fire, causing severe damage to the parole office and other businesses that share the building. Anyone with information on this, or any other case of arson or criminal misuse of explosives, is encouraged to call the State Arson Hotline at 1-800-762-3017. Callers can remain anonymous and any information that leads to an arrest and conviction is eligible for a cash award of up to $1,500.
The Bomb and Arson section, part of the State Fire Marshal’s Office, is a law enforcement agency that investigates suspicious fires and the criminal misuse of explosives within Tennessee. The agency comprises 22 special agents who conduct criminal investigations throughout all 95 counties in the state. Bomb and Arson provides much needed expertise in the area of arson and explosives investigations to other state and local law enforcement agencies and fire service departments.
The overall conviction rate in 2010 for Bomb and Arson was 80 percent. The section investigated 442 cases that resulted in 74 arrests and 57 convictions. Of those cases, 54 percent were arson, 16 percent were accidental fires and 30 percent were undetermined fires.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office is part of the Department of Commerce and Insurance, which works to protect consumers while ensuring fair competition for industries and professionals who do business in Tennessee.
Published in The Messenger 2.25.11