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Authorities Investigating Arson Of Property
By: Mike Stiles - Wednesday, September 18, 2019

(photo courtesy of Stoney Summey)

(STURGIS) – Authorities are trying to find the person or persons who set fire to the belongings of a disabled veteran over the weekend.

Sturgis Police say the property belonged to a United States Air Force veteran, who had been living at the Quail Run II Apartment Complex. Investigators say the veteran's rent hasn't been paid in almost a year, even though he had someone who was supposed to be handling his affairs for him.

The veteran was evicted on Friday and was given 24 hours to remove his property and belongings from the apartment.

Police say the veteran had his items stacked along the curb and was waiting for a friend to come and pick them up. Investigators say sometime Friday evening, someone poured gasoline on the items and lit them on fire.

Police say St. Joseph County Veterans Affairs Director Stoney Summey also came to the scene to assist. Summey says he was able to find some items that were not damaged by the fire. Other items were being kept by a neighbor.

If anyone has information on this incident, they are asked to call the Sturgis Police at 269-651-3231 or St. Joseph County Central Dispatch at 269-467-4195.

In addition, Frank Perez, local Farmer's Insurance agent in Sturgis, is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the person or persons that set fire to this Veteran's belongings.

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