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Federal Law Enforcement Officer Charged with Burning Vehicle

2/26/2003

CONTACT:Lt. Kevin Fiedor
(850) 595-6394


PORT ST. JOE– A Gulf County man was arrested late Tuesday for setting his 1999 Chevrolet Z71 truck on fire earlier this month.

Robert Gay, 51, a Federal Law Enforcement Officer with the Department of Interior, Federal Fish and Wildlife, is charged with arson and burning to defraud. The investigation was conducted by the Division of State Fire Marshal's Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations, Port St. Joe Police Department, Gulf County Sheriff's Office and the Department of Interior. Gay was booked into the Gulf County Jail.

Investigators said Gay set his truck on fire while it was parked at his residence to collect the insurance proceeds. The damage to the vehicle was estimated at $16,000. No one was injured.

The 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 this case or any incident of fire is asked to call 1-877-662-7766 (1-877-NOARSON) Information may also be mailed to The Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations, 105A Lewis Street, suite 103 Ft Walton Beach, Florida 32547