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Florida CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Arrest of a Bay County Man Charged with Grand Theft and Arson

12/21/2012

Contact: Alexis Lambert or
Deborah Jamison (850) 413-2842
 
TALLAHASSEE— Florida Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jeff Atwater today announced the arrest of Shawn Blaine Robidoux, of Bay County, after a joint investigation involving the State Fire Marshal Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigation (BFAI), the Bay County Sheriff’s Office and the Lynn Haven Police & Fire departments determined that Robidoux had stolen a vehicle and set it on fire.
 
“This investigation is a prime example of our law enforcement’s commitment to bringing criminals to justice no matter where they try to hide,” CFO Atwater said. “I applaud the hard work of our investigators and the local law enforcement agencies who worked together to track down this criminal.”
 
On Oct. 31, 2012, the Lynn Haven Fire Department responded to reports of a vehicle engulfed in flames in a wooded area near the intersection of Sallie Mae Drive and Arthur Drive in Lynn Haven, FL. The investigation revealed that Robidoux had stolen the vehicle and used it for joyriding for several days before removing the tires to sell, abandoning the vehicle and setting it on fire.
 
On Dec. 20, 2012, Robidoux was located in Polk County where he was arrested and booked into the Polk County Jail, awaiting extradition to Bay County. Robidoux is charged with three counts of grand theft, one count of grand theft auto and one count of second-degree arson. If convicted, Robidoux faces up to 25 years in prison and a fine of up to $58,000.
 
To report arson, call 1-877-No-Arson (1-877-662-7766) or visit http://www.fightarson.com/report_arson.htm.  A reward of up to $5,000 may be paid by the Florida Advisory Committee on Arson Prevention 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.