Police Working To Identify Benton Arson Suspect
Police are asking for the public's help identifying a man who may have set fire to a Benton Self-Storage facility.
Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland says the State Fire Marshal's Office has released surveillance images of the man who they believe may have set fire to the R&D Self Storage facility on the Neck Road Monday night. The flames in the back of the building were spotted by a passerby, who stopped and put the fire out before firefighters arrived at around 10 p.m. There was no damage to any of the storage locker contents.
Fire investigators say images from a surveillance camera show the man, who was wearing a Dale Earnhardt jacket and a ski mask. Investigators say a flammable liquid was used to start the fire and the man may have suffered minor burns as a result. McCausland released a picture of the type of jacket the suspect was wearing, in hopes that someone will recognize it.
Anyone who thinks they recognize the suspect or who has information on the fire is asked to call State Police in Augusta at 624-7076.