November 24th , 2013 11:00 am Leave a comment

Fire witness accused of taking weapons

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A witness to Thursday’s house fire in Tiger Creek, who authorities say told them he entered the burning home in an attempt to salvage property, was arrested after authorities say they found some of that property in the home of one of his relatives.

Carter County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Travis Ludlow takes pictures of the flame-ravaged home at 114 Mountain Ridge Lane.

Carter County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Travis Ludlow takes pictures of the flame-ravaged home at 114 Mountain Ridge Lane.

On Thursday night, Carter County Sheriff’s Investigator Travis Ludlow arrested Larry Daniel Rainbolt, 34, Mountain Ridge Lane, Roan Mountain, and charged him with aggravated burglary and theft over $1,000 after he said he recovered property belonging to the homeowners, Jason and Lori Blackwell.

Ludlow said the property was recovered inside the home of relatives of Rainbolt’s who live on a street near where the fire occurred at 114 Mountain Ridge Lane.

“I found a relative up on Raymond Chambers (Lane) and asked if he’d been there,” Ludlow said.

Inside that relative’s house, Ludlow said he found two rifles, a hunting bow, and bags of hunting equipment that belonged to Jason Blackwell.

“They said, ‘Yeah, he brought this stuff down, and said it was his and he needed to keep it at our house for a while,’” Ludlow said. “His story was he went straight home and told his wife that they had to find (the Blackwells) and tell them their house was on fire.”

Rainbolt’s story came into question early in Thursday’s investigation.

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