CARUTHERVILLE - Three Caruthersville men are charged in connection with a burglary and fire which destroyed a Caruthersville business.
Authorities have charged Ondra J. Battles, 25, Damien Lamar Grant, 23, and Brian M. Battles, 24, following an early Wednesday morning fire which destroyed the Advance America Cash Advance building on Truman Boulevard. The fire also damaged adjacent businesses, the Radio Shack and Dollar General Store.
Shortly after the fire was extinguished, Police Chief Chris Riggs said investigators determined the cause of the fire was arson. The fire apparently was set to cover up a burglary, according to Riggs.
Ondar Battles is charged with second degree arson, second degree burglary and felony stealing. He is being held in the Pemiscot County Jail in lieu of $75,000 bond.
Bond for Grant, who also remains in the Pemiscot County Jail, is $25,000. He is charged with two counts of second degree burglary.
Charged with receiving stolen property, Brian Battles has a bond set at $20,000. He also remains in the Pemiscot County Jail.