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Vermillion County IN
Thursday July 20th, 2017 :: 12:49 p.m. EDT


2 Arrested for Arson - Vermillion Co Sheriff

Date: 07/20/2017, 09:10am

Type: Warrant Service for Arson

Investigating Officer: State Fire Marshal's Office Investigator Josh Kreigh

Assisting Officer: Vermillion County Sheriff's Detective Mike Strader, Indiana State Police Master Trooper Ty Lightle

Details: This morning at 9:10 A.M.  the State Fire Marshal's Office, Vermillion County Sheriff's Office and the Indiana State Police served two outstanding Vermillion County Circuit Court warrants on Willis W. Thomas, 61 and Debra S. Thomas, 61 of Clinton, Indiana.  Both Willis and Debra were charged with arson (Level 4 Felony), arson with intent to defraud (Level 6 Felony) and conspiracy to commit arson (Level 6 Felony).

The couples house was the scene of a suspicious fire on the morning of July 2, 2015 and the warrants were issued after a two year investigation by the State Fire Marshal's Office.  

Willis and Debra Thomas were booked in to the Vermillion County Jail where they are held on $25,000.00 bonds.

*Under the Law, criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

**Actual filing of charges for the state is done by the Prosecutor after review of the case information. Charges may be added, changed or removed

Vermillion County IN
1888 Indiana 63
Hillsdale, IN 47854

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 765-492-3737

Sheriff, Mike Phelps
Vermillion Co Sheriff's Office

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