CARUTHERVILLE - Three persons are in custody in connection with a fire which destroyed a Caruthersville business.
At 5:58 a.m. Wednesday, Caruthersville Police and Fire departments were dispatched to a fire at the Advance America Cash Advance building on Truman Boulevard. The fire destroyed the building and damaged adjacent businesses, the Radio Shack and Dollar General Store.
Police Chief Chris Riggs said an investigation into the cause of the fire determined it was arson. "Investigators also determined that the building had been burglarized and the fire was believed to have been intentionally started to cover up the burglary," Riggs stated in a news release.
The State Fire Marshal's office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives assisted officers in the investigation. They were able to identify and locate three suspects.
According to Riggs during a search of a residence in Caruthersville several items of evidence were recovered linking the three to the Cash Advance burglary as well as other recent area burglaries.
The men are being held in the Pemiscot County Jail on charges of second degree burglary, first degree arson and felony stealing. The names of the suspects are being withheld pending the formal filing of charges by Pemiscot County Prosecuting Attorney Mike Hazel.