Police say shop fire was arson
By Staff Reports
Jul 1, 2014, 16:27
COLONIAL HEIGHTS POLICE DEPARTMENT Fire fighters work to extinguish a fire at Wamsley’s Tire & Auto Center located on the 3500 block of Boulevard on June 26.
COLONIAL HEIGHTS — A recent fire in Colonial Heights has been ruled as arson.
On June 26 around 4:15 a.m., a patrolling police officer called in a report of smoke coming from Wamsley’s Tire & Auto Center located on the 3500 block of Boulevard. After arriving, the fire responders extinguished the fire in about an hour.
On Friday, June 27, following an investigation of the incident the fire marshal officially declared the incident as arson.
According to Sgt. Rob Ruxer with the Colonial Heights Police Department, the incident is being investigated following evidence of arson, and the police are also investigating the grand larceny of an automobile and breaking and entering, both involved with the arson.
Suspects broke into the building and stole a vehicle, which has since been recovered in Petersburg.
The automotive shop is attached to a souvenir store which sustained mostly water damage and some fire damage. Fire officials said ammunition and aerosol cans were periodically exploding in the fire.
The Virginia Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators is offering a reward to anyone with information leading to the arrest of a suspect.
The dollar amount will vary from $100 to $5,000 depending on the information submitted, assistance given, timeliness of the given information, and risk taken by the nominee. The amount of the award will be determined exclusively by the Virginia Advisory Committee on Arson Prevention and/or International Association of Arson Investigator, Virginia Chapter. More than one award may be given in the same arson case. Information can be found at http://www.vaiaai.com/ArsonAward.aspx.
Anyone with information on this crime should call the fire marshal at 804-520-9367, or the Colonial Heights/Chesterfield Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660.