Charles R. Smith and his girlfriend Tonya Bundick used rag to start latest fire, court documents said

11:28 AM, Apr 4, 2013   |    comments
  • Charles Robert Smith is charged in nearly 80 arson fires in Accomack, Va.
  • "Tonya S. Bundick of Parksley, was taken into custody without incident following a traffic stop near an arson set at a vacant residence on Airport Drive in Melfa
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ACCOMACK, Va. (AP) - Court documents say the man who confessed to setting the latest arson on the Eastern Shore of Virginia used a rag from his auto shop to light the abandoned home on fire.

Charles R. Smith and his girlfriend Tonya Bundick have been charged with arson and conspiracy to commit arson in the case. State police say the couple is responsible for all but a handful of the 77 arson fires set on the Eastern Shore since November. Additional charges are expected.

Smith is a former volunteer firefighter who owns an auto body shop in the Tasley community. According to search warrants released Thursday, Smith told authorities he tore a piece of a towel off from his shop to light the fire. The warrants say police watched him set the fire.

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