Greenville police make arrest for theft, arson suspect still loose


GREENVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) – Greenville police are investigating seven car fires within two hours time.  They now have one person in custody.

Fire crews say all the fires broke out between 4:30 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.

One of the people who had his car burned goes by Blue, but now he’s seeing red.

“They ain’t got no class,” Blue says of the people who damaged his car.

Euclid Avenue where Blue lives is the kind of street where people aren’t afraid to leave their car doors unlocked.

But that’s what one group took advantage of breaking into 12 cars along with setting fire to those 7 others on Euclid and several other Greenville streets.

“They were set in basically in the same spot between the seats or on the driver’s seat,” says Greenville Assistant Fire Chief David McDermitt.

One person is in custody in this case, but officials believe at least one other person was involved because of the way the fires were spread out across the city.  The person in custody, Joshua Willis, 18, is charged with theft of a vehicle.  He has yet to be tied to the arsons, although police are investigating.

Joshua Willis charged with theft in Darke County. (Photo/Darke County Sheriff's Office)
Joshua Willis charged with theft in Darke County. (Photo/Greenville Police Department)

What Blue can’t understand is why if the people responsible were looking for cash they would then set fire to his vehicle.

“They can break it in not burn it down,” Blue says.

Now he and others are left to deal with the charred remains of their vehicles.

“We’ll have to move on,” Blue says. “We have insurance, they’ll take care of it. Whoever is doing it is not right.”

Investigators are asking people to lock the doors of their vehicles at night and report anything they might see that’s suspicious.

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