Police: Man admits to 13 arson fires in Kennett

Thursday, July 19, 2012 | 4:43 p.m. CDT; updated 5:25 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 19, 2012

KENNETT — Police in the southeast Missouri town of Kennett believe they've solved a string of arson fires with the arrest of a 37-year-old suspect.

KAIT-TV reported that Daniel Bugbee confessed to 13 of 16 recent arson fires in Kennett. He is jailed pending formal charges.

Police say many of the homes that were burned were owned by the same person, and in each case, copper wire was stripped from the home. Police believe the fires were set to cover up the theft.

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