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Newark Business Owner Offers Reward for Arson Info

NEWARK (Ken Hines) -- A business owner who claims to have been the victim of 50 crimes is offering a reward for information about a fire that destroyed his warehouse.

Craig Young and Licking County Crime Stoppers hope their offer of $1000 will result in tips that lead police to the person or people responsible for an arson at Young's Manning St. warehouse on July 19.

Additionally, the Ohio Blue Arson Committee is offering up to $5000 for information that helps bring those responsible for the fire to justice.

Young claims the arson was the 50th criminal act committed against himself and his business. Police believe the reward offers could provide the tools they need to solve Young's warehouse fire, as well as dozens of additional arsons committed over the past two years.

"The efforts of Young and Crime Stoppers will lead to some anonymous calls to Crime Stoppers providing information to who set this fire," Newark Arsonist Sgt. Paul Davis said. "It's a good chance that Young's fire and 67 other arson fires since October 12, 2011 may be connected."

Young's warehouse is beyond repair because of damage sustained during the fire.

"It's totally inconceivable that somebody would walk in and just do that to a private citizen, a private business," Young said. "It's incomprehensible."
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