BENTON - A Chaffee man is being held in the Scott County Jail in connection with a weekend fire and burglary at a Chaffee residence.
Anthony F. Siebert, 23, was arrested on three felony counts Tuesday afternoon. He is charged with second degree arson, second degree burglary and felony stealing.
According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, the Chaffee Fire Department responded to the residence of Larry and Nancy Smith at 95 Siebert Lane shortly after 2 p.m. Saturday when a 911 call was received that the residence was on fire. Upon their arrival, the fire was out but there was extensive fire damage to the inside of the residence.
"An investigator with the fire marshal's office was able to determine that the fire was started inside the residence with a flammable liquid being poured throughout sections of the residence," Walter said in a news release. "The fire appeared to be a flash type fire that extinguished itself."
When the Smiths returned to their residence Monday from a trip, they reported the residence had been burglarized. Numerous items including firearms and ammunition were missing.
Walter said Siebert, who was acquainted with the Smith family, surfaced as a suspect during the early stages of the investigation.
"Lt. Jerry Bledsoe and Sgt. Gregg Ourth, investigators with the Sheriff's Office, did an outstanding job with the investigation, which resulted in the recovery of most of the stolen items from the Smith residence," Walter said.
As of press time, Siebert was being held at the Scott County Jail on a $15,000 bond.