Alleged Arson Fire Leads Officers To Grand Theft

Alleged Arson Fire Leads Officers To Grand Theft

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LEWISTON, ID – Police officers arrested a man for arson and burglary last night after he allegedly set a Lewiston home on fire, then tacked on three more Grand Theft charges.  The LPD officers and Lewiston firefighters headed to the 400 block of 15th Street just after 9:00 pm for reports of the fire.  When they arrived, they found smoke pouring out the front door and several people trying to put it out with a garden hose. 

An LPD press release says when officers spoke to witnesses, including a woman who had been sleeping in the residence just before the fire started, they determined 32-year-old David Karn had intentionally started the fire in the home.  Witnesses said he had kicked in the front door, lit a torch, and placed it on a dresser in a back bedroom, immediately starting the fire. 

Officers charged Karn with Burglary and Arson in the First Degree, and booked him into the Nez Perce County Jail.  During his arrest, officers found financial transaction cards on him that belonged to the owner of the home.  Officers then charged him with three counts of Grand Theft.

Investigators are still continuing their work.  If you have any information, call Detective Crane at the LPD.  The number is 208-746-0171.

Photos Courtesy: KLEW News

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