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Ex-Firefighter Confessed to Virginia Arsons

Court documents show that a former volunteer firefighter charged with arson and conspiracy to commit arson confessed to the crimes that have plagued Virginia’s Eastern Shore over the last five months, reports USA Today.

Charles Robert Smith III, also known as Charlie Applegate, was one of two people arrested in connection with a fire in Melfa (VA).

Virginia State Police say he and his fiancée, Tonya Susan Bundick, both of Hopeton (VA) are suspected of setting nearly 80 arsons that have occurred in Accomack County (VA) since November.

A check list for bail determination says Smith, 38, confessed and also that he had 31 previous felony convictions.

The scope of what he confessed to was not clear from the document.

Bundick and Smith each were charged with one count of arson and one count of conspiracy to commit arson, but police said additional charges are probably forthcoming.

Both were denied bond and remain incarcerated in the Accomack County Jail.

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