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Two Lake County Suspects Arrested in Arson Investigation

4/6/2010

CONTACT: Kevin Cate or Jennifer Hirst, 850-413-2842
 
TALLAHASSEE – Florida CFO and State Fire Marshal Alex Sink today announced the arrests of Lake County residents Bruce A. Tomon, 40, and Chad L. Sines, 40, after they conspired to hire an individual to burn down Tomon’s home. While reasons for the arson are still under investigation, it is alleged that Tomon was having difficulty making his mortgage payments and was looking to relieve the debt with an insurance claim on the property.
 
CFO Sink’s State Fire Marshal investigators and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office were tipped off by a witness that Tomon wanted his house to be set on fire. Undercover detectives caught Sines on tape providing explicit details to the witness on how to set the home on fire, and also offering a $1,000 pay-off to commit the arson.
 
Sines and Tomon were arrested this morning and booked into the Lake County Jail on five separate counts each of: conspiracy to commit arson; burn to defraud; grand theft; arson to structure; and false/fraudulent insurance claims. If convicted, each defendant could face up to 60 years in prison. 
 
CFO Sink’s Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations is a law enforcement branch of the Division of State Fire Marshal that assists other state and local fire and law enforcement agencies in the investigation of fires of suspicious origin.  Anyone with information about arson or any suspicious incident of fire is asked to call 1-877-NO-ARSON and rewards are offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction.  
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