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Denham man arrested for theft from neighbor’s home

Denham man arrested for theft from neighbor’s home
Posted: Nov 19, 2018
Categories: Front Page, Crime
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From the State Fire Marshal

MAN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH DENHAM SPRINGS ARSON

LIVINGSTON PARISH (Nov. 18, 2018)- The State Fire Marshal’s Office has arrested a Denham Springs man for stealing items from his neighbor’s home that was set on fire.

Charles Hite, 46, was booked into the Livingston Parish Jail on Sunday, November 18, on one count of Possession of Stolen Things.

On the morning of October 3, the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office contacted the SFM to assist with determining the origin and cause of a house fire in the 30800 block of Lilac St. in Denham Springs.

Deputies learned the homeowners were out of state and that a neighbor, Hite, was the one who called in the fire and had it extinguished before the fire department arrived.

Investigators determined there were three areas of origin inside of the home and deemed the fire incendiary.

Witness statements led investigators to confront Hite about possible items stolen from the home and discovered several of them in or around his camper trailer. The items included lawn mowers, a box fan and burned photo albums.

Following his arrest, Hite told investigators he had the items because he was “keeping them safe” for his neighbors.

This investigation is on-going.

LAOSFM Public Affairs Director- Ashley Rodrigue
Contact Information- Ashley.rodrigue@la.gov
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