Greenwood arson reward now $25,000

The reward for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for setting the fires in Greenwood is now up to $25,000.

The insurance company for Taproot Theatre chipped in $15,000 today to help track down the arsonist. “We recognize the impact the fires have on our entire community, from the businesses who lost everything on October 23 to the fear the fires have instilled in many others,” said Taproot’s producing artistic director, Scott Nolte. “It is our hope that the crimes will be solved before any more arsons are committed.” Taproot was damaged during the 3-alarm fire on October 23rd fire that destroyed the Green Bean Coffeehouse.

If you have information that could help lead investigators to the arsonist you’re urged to call local authorities or the arson hotline at 1-800-55-ARSON.

Related: Tonight’s arson meeting has changed location. It will now be held at the Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church at 7 p.m.

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wildernessbarbie
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wildernessbarbie

OK, I have an idea. Why don't they take $5,000 of that reward money, and purchase 50 wireless web cams and set them up at businesses in the area? I just set one up in my home, it's not rocket science, one computer can monitor 32 cameras (connected to the network), they can be set up to record only during certain hours when there's movement, and then you have some evidence to go to court with?

Yeah, I know it sounds good on paper, but if I had a business/home in Greenwood, it would be more than worth the $100 to me!

great idea
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great idea

$25, 000? O.K., this might be worth my time now.

Scott
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Scott

Preoblem with cameras were pointed out just the other night at Salmon's gas station. Much like the perp caught on tape at Zesto's, ya still have to find the person, ID them etc, etc. Look at bank robbers today and their brazen attitudes. I believe there are just a few cameras at most banks today! A crafty neighbor along with a mistake will take down this puke.

audreyl
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audreyl

What about calling that profiler the city hired to catch the arsonist about 18 years ago? Or one like her. She came from out of town, looked at the crime sites and came up with a really detailed description… the paper printed it and he was recognized, convicted, and put away.

datajunkie
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datajunkie

This image pops into my head every time this topic is discussed:
http://jpgmag.com/photos/349763
I don't mean to make light of what has happened. I really miss the Green Bean. It was the only place in Greenwood that had good loose leaf tea.

back2ballard
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back2ballard

I like the idea of wireless web cams. Although businesses should consider as an investment to protect their property. Not sure that we want the city to install and maintain (unless the taxpayers don't mind paying the bill). The cams may not catch this jerk, but hopefully the cameras would act as a deterrent.

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