Search Warrant Info Released In Beaufort Co. Arson Case

Details of the search warrant for the only person charged with setting seven of eleven arson cases in two counties have now been released.

A Beaufort County judge had ordered the documents to be sealed for ten days. That order expired and now WITN has obtained the 23 page document which outlines exactly what was found inside the suspect's home and vehicles.

Todd Jarvis was arrested earlier this morning for six arsons in Beaufort County and another in Washington County. Beaufort County deputies went through his Bath home and his vehicles looking for clues that would tie him to the crimes.

Jarvis was fired as a Kinston police officer in 2008, worked as a Greene County deputy and then briefly as a state corrections officer.

To read the search warrant, click the link at the top of the story

According to the search warrant, Beaufort County detectives found two cigarette lighters and a bottle of charcoal starter fluid inside Jarvis' SUV. They also say they found a reflective vest in the vehicle that had the word "FIRE" on the back and front. A global positioning unit was also seized.

Photos of the vehicles also show mud on the tires that could be similar to tracks found on the scene of a mobile home fire on Highway 99 North. Detectives also say they recovered a shoe print from a door kicked in of the Free Union Fellowship Club in Pinetown on February 23.

Detectives found two pairs of shoes at Jarvis' home, a pair of work boots and rubber shoes. Inside a red pick-up truck authorities say they found binoculars, two flashlights and work gloves.

The search warrant also says that the former police officer was suspected in two fires which occurred in Lenoir County more than a year ago. One was an abandoned house. The warrant says Jarvis admitted being at that house just prior to the fire, but he was never charged. Major Chris Hill says Jarvis is still a suspect in the Lenoir County case, but deputies don't have enough information yet to sustain a conviction. When called today, Jarvis had no comment.

Jarvis was arrested on March 4th in Beaufort County and released on bond. His next court date in March 31st.


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