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Suspected Lenoir County arsonist arrested after two year investigation

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Deputies from the Lenoir County Sheriff's Office arrested a suspected arsonist on Friday after a two year investigation into a mobile home fire.

Conelio Perez, 48, of New Port, was arrested and charged with 2nd degree arson, accessory before the fact to a felony and obtaining property by false pretense.

In February 2011, Lenoir County fire departments responded to an early morning structure fire that completely destroyed a mobile home in Deep Run.  The home was vacant at the time.

The investigators say that Perez was renting to own the home and admitted to setting it on fire to defraud his insurance company and collect the $24,500 in insurance that was on the residence.

Perez was confined in the Lenoir County Sheriff's Detention Center under a $45,000.00 secured bond.

 

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