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Florida CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Arrest of Ocala Man Charged with Arson, Burglary, Criminal Mischief and Theft

5/25/2012

Contact: Alexis Lambert or Deborah Cox   
(850) 413-2842
 
TALLAHASSEE—Florida Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jeff Atwater today announced the arrest of Clay Antonio Davis Jr. of Ocala, after a joint investigation involving the State Fire Marshal’s Office and Marion County Sheriff’s Office determined that Davis burglarized and burned two vehicles, and damaged a third one.
“Arson is a senseless and dangerous crime,” CFO Atwater said.  “I’m proud of the work of investigators from my office and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office to apprehend this criminal and protect the community. Their quick work sends the message that these crimes will not be tolerated.”
On May 25, 2012, the State Fire Marshal’s Office responded to multiple vehicle fires on SE 66th Place in Ocala.  The investigation revealed that the fires were intentionally set by Davis while the vehicles were parked in a residential driveway.  
Davis was booked into the Marion County Jail on charges of Arson, Burglary, Criminal Mischief and Theft.  If convicted, Davis could face up to 40 years in prison and fines up to $30,500.
To report arson, call 1-877-No-Arson (1-877-662-7766).  A reward of up to $5,000 may be paid for a tip that leads directly to an arrest and conviction.

Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jeff Atwater, a statewide elected official, oversees the Department of Financial Services.  CFO Atwater’s priorities include fighting financial fraud, abuse and waste in government, reducing government spending and regulatory burdens that chase away businesses, and providing transparency and accountability in spending.