Sus­pected se­rial ar­son­ist ar­rested

San Antonio Express-News - - METRO -

The Karnes County Sher­iff ’s Of­fice ar­rested a sus­pected se­rial ar­son­ist who may be re­spon­si­ble for as many as 58 fires in five coun­ties, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

Jef­fery Dy­lan Le­pel­ley, 49, was ar­rested on 12 counts of felony ar­son and ad­di­tional charges are pend­ing, ac­cord­ing to the sher­iff’s of­fice.

In Fe­bru­ary 2018, five coun­ties ex­pe­ri­enced sev­eral grass and hay fires, re­sult­ing in thou­sands of dol­lars in fi­nan­cial losses for ranch­ers and farm­ers. The coun­ties af­fected in­clude Karnes, Bee, Live Oak, Wil­son and Atas­cosa, au­thor­i­ties said.

No homes or struc­tures were af­fected by the fires.

The in­ci­dents re­sulted in a joint in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­tween the Karnes County Sher­iff’s Of­fice and the State Fire Mar­shall’s Of­fice, with as­sis­tance from the other af­fected coun­ties, ac­cord­ing to the news re­lease.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors were led to Le­pel­ley through GPS tech­nol­ogy, ev­i­dence col­lected from the fire and eye­wit­ness state­ments, the news re­lease said.

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