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Arson and burglaries destroy scenic lake resort in Minnesota

Posted in Solving Crime April 14th, 2008 @ 10:48 am

Early Sunday morning the fire department responded to ten structures set on fire at Big Pine Lake five miles from Finlayson, Minnesota. Ten structures were on fire and three other structures were burglarized. Most of the structures were vacant cabins within a two-mile area of each other along Big Pine Road.

This beautiful summer recreation spot is now totally devastated. Fifty-year-old cabins filled with happy memories of generations are gone. A sportsmen’s club a few miles away was also among the burned buildings but some of the structure is still standing.

The police said that the arsonists made their rounds of each of the cabins, burglarizing the cabins and then burned them as they went. Police authorities also said that there have been similar incidents in the neighboring Aitkin and Kanabec counties. Police are investigating to see whether any of the crimes are connected.

The Minnesota Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators makes a determination on reward money for information about arson. For example, you can receive up to $2,500 for information or assistance that leads to the arrest of person(s) on a charge of arson. The crime of arson is malicious, intentional and willful destruction of property. Add burglary before the crime and now you have a double crime against innocent people. If you have any information to help solve this crime, contact the Arson Hotline Number at 1-800-723-2020.

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