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Thomas Co. arson victim turns into the suspect

THOMAS CO., GA (WALB) -

By LeiLani Golden - bio | email

THOMAS COUNTY, GA (WALB) –A month-long arson investigation in Thomas County leads to the arrest of a man first considered the victim.

Thomas County Sheriff's investigators arrested 63-year old Elzie Staten.

Staten's barn burned in June, then a few weeks later his van caught fire. Then Staten told investigators that his truck was shot up.

The shell casings around the truck matched a gun in Staten's house.

Staten is charged with arson. Investigators believe he was trying to collect insurance money.


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