Police have identified suspects in the arson of the old Key Bank building in Barre.
More than 100 firefighters spent part of Memorial Day battling flames at the two-story building on Main Street. After a six-week investigation, two people are now behind bars and are expected to be charged for intentionally setting the fire. "Currently there are two people in custody in Essex County, New York on charges over there, that are persons of interest in the fire on May 31st in Barre," said Vermont State Police Lt. Jim Cruise.
Police got a big break in the case over the 4th of July weekend. A man and woman described as young adults and former residents of Vermont were taken into custody for allegedly stealing a car in New York.
"We have had information about these subjects for a while, not going to get into the length of time, but it was about a week and a half ago they came on the radar screen as being in custody over there. We were made aware of that and sent investigators over there to follow up with additional questions," Lt. Cruise said.
And when the two return to Vermont, Lt. Cruise said they will face more than just arson charges, "We will announce arrests, not only in the arson, but other area crimes in the Barre area that are under investigation."
Barre Mayor Tom Lauzon had recently purchased the old Key Bank building and was in the process of renovating the space into offices and apartments. "I'm grateful that people who would set a fire for a million dollars in damage, and put a lot of firefighters and citizens at risk -- I am very, very grateful they are off the streets and where they belong," Lauzon said. He said police told him the arsonists were not specifically targeting his building and that it appears to have been a random act.
Police plan to release more details about that case at a press conference Tuesday.
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