Three Georgetown men and one Lexington man were arrested Wednesday in connection with two fires deliberately set behind a strip center, Kentucky State Police said.
Robert C. Farmer, 20, was charged with second-degree arson, state police said in a release. Rodney L. Smith, 19, and Daniel R. Hill, 18, were charged with second-degree complicity to commit arson.
They were charged in connection with a fire that happened at 12:41 a.m. Monday behind Elkhorn Plaza on Paris Pike in Georgetown.
Surveillance video captured images of three individuals tampering with a dump truck and then setting fire to carpet and other materials next to the truck, police said. The fire damaged the dump truck and a business known as The Old Country Cupboard, which sells rural-themed decor.
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The total estimated damage to the truck and business was as high as $30,000, said Trooper Ron Turley, spokesman for the state police post in Frankfort.
Georgetown police located the three men after finding a vehicle seen in the surveillance video.
The second fire was intentionally set behind The Old Country Cupboard early Wednesday morning, state police said.
Surveillance video led to the arrest of Clinton C. Boyce, 22, of Lexington, who was charged with second-degree arson.
Police said they don't believe there was a vendetta against the business, but Turley said the spot has been used by people fishing in nearby North Elkhorn Creek.
All four men were lodged in the Scott County jail. The investigation into these separate fires continues, state police said.