Cops: Man seen on video starting fires in Floyd convenience store arrested

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Channel 2's Audrey Washington got exclusive access to the video of the moment the Cave Spring store went up in flames.

A man accused of setting fire to a Floyd County convenience store last month was arrested overnight in Alabama, authorities said.

Dustin Wade Smith, 21, was arrested in Etowah County Wednesday on a host of charges related to the May 21 burglary and arson of the Rozy Food Mart near Cave Spring.

Dustin Wade Smith
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Dustin Wade Smith

Credit: Floyd County Police Department

Credit: Floyd County Police Department

The owner of the store was notified of the burglary by his alarm company and saw a man trying to set fire to the shop when he pulled up his surveillance cameras, police said.

When officers arrived, they found significant damage and determined the fire was set at multiple locations around the store, police said. Random items were set ablaze and Smith allegedly took $300 and a case of beer before leaving.

A 21-year-old has been charged in connection with the burglary and arson of a Floyd County gas station last month, police said.
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A 21-year-old has been charged in connection with the burglary and arson of a Floyd County gas station last month, police said.

Credit: Floyd County Police Department

Credit: Floyd County Police Department

He is charged with second-degree burglary, smash-and-grab burglary, criminal damage to property, second-degree arson, possession of tools during the commission of a crime and theft by taking. All but the theft charge are felonies, police said.

At the time of the arson, Smith was out on bond for an alleged vehicle theft that occurred in Jackson County, Ala. He will be extradited back to Floyd County to face charges there.

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