Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Police make arrest in Cable One arson fire

SHOW LOW - Police made an arrest in connection with the Cable One arson fire on Tuesday, Feb. 10.

     The arson caused an estimated $1 million in damages, according to Cable One. A press release from Show Low Police reported that Richard Steinmetz, 32, of Show Low was arrested after officers served a search warrant on a home in the 1600 block of N. 6th Street at approximately 4 p.m.
     Steinmetz was booked into the Navajo County Jail and is currently awaiting filing of formal charges against him with the Navajo County Attorney's Office in connection with the arson fire.
     Show Low Officer Rodney Hall was the first to arrive at the Cable One technical operations center at 1341 E. Thornton after a call to the dispatch center at 1:41 a.m. Show Low fire also responded.
     "After officer Hall's report of an actual fire, the response was upgraded to a first alarm for the Show Low Fire Department," read the Feb. 12 press release.
     Police found fresh footprints in the snow which indicated someone had recently been at the scene. The footprints led to a broken window where the fire was visible by Hall.
     Show Low firefighters were able to quickly control the fire but not before fire and soot damaged equipment to the extent that about 12,000 customers were left without some cable services.
     Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms also went to the scene to investigate on the federal level. Representatives with Cable One said that the ATF investigation has been concluded and shortly afterward Cable One technicians began restoring most services to affected customers.
     Show Low Det. Jason Spears said the investigation is still ongoing.

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