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Police make arrests in connection with vacant house fires in Jennings County

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Taylor Corya (L) and Tristan McDonald (R)

JENNINGS COUNTY, Ind.– Police made three arrests in connection with a string of arson cases in Jennings County.

Taylor Corya and Tristan McDonald, both 18, were arrested on Jan. 5, along with a 17-year-old male suspect. Their charges include arson, burglary and theft.

In 2018, the fire marshal’s office investigated a series of vacant house fires and determined they were connected. The investigators obtained a search warrant  and placed the teens under arrest.

While searching a home, police say they found stolen items from one of the vacant houses, as well as surveillance footage of the suspects igniting one of the fires.

The 18-year-olds admitted to being involved in the crimes, according to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.

Corya and McDonald were taken to the Jennings County Jail, and the 17-year-old was transported to the Bartholomew County Juvenile Detention Center.

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