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and let them know this is a real re­ward,” Ox­en­dine said. “Crime doesn’t pay, but be­ing a good ci­ti­zen does.”

Ac­cord­ing to Ox­en­dine, the woman who came for­ward with the in­for­ma­tion in this case was not aware of the Ge­or­gia Ar­son Con­trol Re­ward Pro­gram or the Ge­or­gia Ar­son Hot­line. Re­wards of up to $10,000 are granted for in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to the ar­rest and con­vic­tion of arsonists. Ox­en­dine said the money does not come from the leg­is­la­ture, but rather from the sup­port of prop­erty/ ca­su­alty in­sur­ance com­pa­nies.

Ous­born said since 1979, Ge­or­gia Ar­son Con­trol has granted re­wards to 510 in­di­vid­ual for a to­tal of $1,459,350.

“Without the help of the cit­i­zens,” said NCFD Deputy Chief Tim Smith, “we couldn’t prove th­ese cases.”

He en­cour­aged any­one with in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing sus­pi­cious be­hav­ior or knowl­edge of an ar­son to call lo­cal fire or law en­force­ment of­fi­cials or the Ge­or­gia Ar­son Hot­line at (80) 282-5804. Tip­sters can re­main anony­mous.

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