Authorities say a Fayette County man ransacked and burned a home near Oak Hill.
Christian Warrick, 31, of Oak Hill, was arrested Monday and charged with nighttime burglary and first-degree arson in connection with the weekend fire that damaged a home in the Prudence area.
A fire was reported at a home at 51 North Errington Road in Prudence about 6 a.m. Saturday. Mount Hope and Oak Hill volunteer firefighters responded and put the fire out but it quickly became evident that the blaze had been intentionally set, according to a statement issued by the Fayette Sheriff's Department.
The fire appeared to have been set in the living room to conceal the fact that the home had been burglarized, the release said. The homeowner was being held at Southern Regional Jail on drug charges at the time of the fire.
Investigators used surveillance video from the home to identify the suspect. The video showed a man wearing blue latex gloves and camouflage clothing stealing items then setting fire to a couch in the living room, according to the release.
Deputies named Warrick as a suspect after watching the video and speaking to residents in the area. A search of Warrick's home turned up several pieces of evidence linking him to the incident, the release said.
Authorities claim Warrick confessed to the act after he was confronted with the evidence. He was free on $25,000 bond.
"The video surveillance footage recovered from the scene was extremely important in permitting us to solve this crime so quickly," Fayette Sheriff Steve Kessler said in the release. "We were (sic) also received substantial assistance from the residents in this area in the form of tips and leads that enabled us to quickly identify a suspect in this crime.
"Without the assistance of the public, crimes of this nature can be extremely difficult to investigate."
Anyone with information can contact deputies at 304-574-4216 or Crime Stoppers at 304-255-7867. Tips also may be submitted at fayettesheriffwv.net or the Facebook page at "Fayette County Sheriff's Department."
Contact writer Ashley B. Craig at ashley.cr...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4850.