Bath man arrested in arson cases

Published 1:10 am Friday, March 11, 2011

A Bath man has been arrested and charged with crimes related to a string of arsons in Beaufort County.

Todd Austin Jarvis

Todd Austin Jarvis, 26, of Elliott Road, Bath, has been charged with six counts of burning certain buildings and four counts of felony breaking and entering. The charges stem from three fires on Union Church Road and a fire on U.S. Highway 264 reported the night of Feb. 22; a fire at the Long Acre Community Building on N.C. Highway 32 on March 3; a fire on N.C. Highway 99 in the Pungo community on March 6, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.

On Thursday, Investigator Wesley Waters obtained warrants charging Jarvis with the arsons. Jarvis turned himself in at the magistrates’ office in Beaufort County on Thursday, where he was also served with a warrant charging him with crimes related to a fire on N.C. Highway 32 south of Plymouth in Washington County. That warrant was obtained by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Jarvis was released after posting a $70,000 secured bond.

On Monday, investigators with the sheriff’s office and State Bureau of Investigation agents executed a search warrant at a residence on Elliott Road, Bath. Evidence was collected during the search, according to the sheriff’s office. Jarvis has been cooperating with investigators since the search warrant was executed at his residence.

“Jarvis attributes his actions to emotional distress,” reads press release from the sheriff’s office.

An investigation into other arsons, including a fire that burned an abandoned residence on VOA Road on Tuesday, in Beaufort County continues. Anyone with information concerning any of the other arsons is asked to call the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office at 252-946-7111 or Beaufort County Crime Stoppers at 252-974-6400. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in any of the other arsons. Callers do not have to give their names to receive rewards.