Police seek public help in solving Emmett church arsons case

April 29, 2013 

Emmett Police Chief Steve Nebeker appealed to the public Monday for information that may help find those responsible for two church fires in Emmett Saturday.

In addition to Emmett police, the suspected arsons are being investigated by the Gem County sheriff, Idaho state fire marshal, FBI and U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Also, the Ada County crime lab is examining evidence in an attempt to identify the responsible person or persons, Nebeker said in a news release.

The fire marshal's office identified the location where each fire started and completed their work Sunday afternoon. The fires were reported shortly before 4:30 a.m. Saturday at Community Bible Church and First Baptist Church, two blocks apart in downtown Emmett. There were no injuries.

Police ask the public to call Crime Stoppers at 343-2677 or make a report online at www.343cops.com. Information may also be texted to CRIMES or 274237 with the subject line: Tip 236. Tipsters may remain anonymous. A reward of up to $1,000 is available through crime stoppers.

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