A reward in a recent arson case has been increased significantly with the hopes that the money will cause someone to turn in whoever set the fire.
Logan Police Chief E.K. Harper said General Insurance has raised the reward it is offering to anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for setting fire to the old Avis, Witten and Wandling Law Office on Stratton Street.
The reward was $10,000 but has been hiked to $25,000.
“I guess the insurance company is hoping to find out who is connected and not have to pay the $1 million insurance (claim),” Harper said. “The insurance company called Monday and said they had upped it to $25,000 and you also have the $2,500 from the state, so now we’re at $27,500.
“I thought with a $10,000 reward, that someone would come in and talk to us, but we didn’t,” Harper said. “So, now with the reward being $25,000, maybe somebody will decide to do the right thing. I, personally, thought the $10,000 reward might have caused them to turn on each other, but that hasn’t happened.”
The fire happened in early February and destroyed the former law office. Logan Fire Department firefighters were successfull in saving adjacent businesses.
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