Teen arrested in Geneva arson case

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GENEVA, Ala. (WDHN) — The case of an arsonist in Geneva appears to have been cracked by a joint investigation between Geneva Police and the Alabama State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Early Saturday morning, Geneva Police arrested a 16-year-old shortly after a vacant double-wide mobile home burned on West Register Avenue.

This was the seventh structure fire within a three-block radius since April.

Authorities say they made the arrest after catching the suspect lighting the fire, after they had placed surveillance cameras throughout the neighborhood.

“We did bring him to the police station and interviewed him,” said Geneva Police Captain, Michael McDuffie. “He did confess to him being on the photo and him setting the fire.”

Additional suspects are expected to be taken into custody.

The teenage suspect has been transferred to the Southeast Alabama Youth Service Diversion Center in Dothan.

Geneva Police say there is a $1,000 reward for information that leads to additional arrests. The department’s phone number is 334-684-2777.

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