Bestway Arson

Published 12:00 am Friday, July 1, 2011

Police seek tips after store arson

By Billy Davis
Batesville police are seeking help from the public following suspected arson at Bestway, a rent-to-own store.

Three acts of arson have been committed at the store, one that burned a delivery van and two outside the store, said BPD Detective George Williford.

A fire was started in front of the store Tuesday and at the rear of the store the following night. The van was torched June 22.  

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The store anchors the west end of a shopping center at 401 Highway 6 East, located next to Subway.

An arson investigator with the State Fire Marshal’s office is helping Batesville police and the Batesville Fire Department, said the detective.

Williford contacted The Panolian to report the arson has been added to the Crime Stoppers program. He acts as the program coordinator for the police department.  

Anyone who saw suspicious activity around the Bestway store is urged to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-729-2169.

People who call Crime Stoppers do not have to give their name. The caller is given an identification number. If the information leads to an arrest, the person providing the information will receive a cash reward through the assigned identification number.

Crime Stoppers of North Central Mississippi is affiliated with the international Crime Stoppers organization. It offers cash rewards for tips that lead to arrests for crime.