Two teens arrested for arson in Rising Sun hardware store fire

Two teens arrested for arson in Rising Sun hardware store fire

RISING SUN, IN (FOX19) - Two teenagers have been arrested Tuesday accused of setting fire to the Valley Supply Hardware store in Rising Sun, IN.

Devon Radcliff and Curtis Taulbee, both 19-years-old, have been arrested and charged with arson, burglary and theft in the Ohio County Circuit Court, according to the Dearborn County Prosecutor's office. They are facing a possible maximum sentence on all counts of 50 years.

No one was inside when flames broke out in the back of the store on State Route 262 about 1:30 a.m. on May 23, said Rising Sun Fire Chief Kevin Armstrong.

The blaze spread throughout the building and engulfed the structure when crews arrived. The heat was so extreme, it took firefighters about 90 minutes to extinguish the blaze, Armstrong said.

Officials say the break in the case came when a concerned citizen came forward and reported the involvement of the two suspects.

The State Fire Marshall Investigator Chris Broderick and two Indiana State Police detectives questioned the the two individuals, who admitted to burglarizing the business and then going back to set it on fire, according to a release.

Radcliff was an employee of the store.

Officials say several stolen items were recovered as part of the investigation.

"The owners of the business can now rest easy that the people responsible for this horrific crime have been arrested," said Dearborn County Prosecutor Aaron Negangard.

The arrests were made after a joint investigation by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, Office of the State Fire Marshall and the Indiana State Police.

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