According to Randy Boland, an investigator with the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department, the duo intentionally set a fire at a vacant house located at 4826 Route 474 in Ashville on July 28 around 3:50 a.m.
The Ashville Volunteer Fire Department arrived at the house minutes after the fire was reported and according to Boland
, the fire was knocked down fairly quickly.
An on-scene investigation by the Chautauqua County Fire Investigation Team allegedly determined that the duo poured gasoline on a side porch of the home to accelerate the burning.
"This was a case of two guys out being mischievous," Det.
"The house was vacant at the time but the owners in Eldorado, California were in the process of renovating the home.
But because of the fire, the house had to be destroyed."
said that the reason the investigation took about four months to reach fruition mostly centers on the nature of an arson investigation.
"With an arson, most of the evidence is all burned up, and that makes the investigation much more complex," he
"To make sure you have all the elements of the crime secured, it takes time.
It is a slow and deliberate process and you're always looking for that one piece of the puzzle that will persuade someone to talk.
By nature, arson is a violent crime and note that it is a Class C felony, and most people convicted will usually be doing time in prison."
said that he
tracked down witnesses that had since moved considerably, spanning from Kentucky to Canada.
explained that being able to connect with them in itself was time consuming and not always easy.
couldn't speak about what evidence allegedly ties the two suspects to the crime, He
did say he
was pleased with the way the case progressed since the beginning.