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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  • by Anonymous Location: bath on Mar 29, 2011 at 05:23 PM
    i think that todd is suffering from emotional distress his wife had just died 2 months ago and hes just suffering. he had 2 small children, his wife died those are all good reasons but it was irresponsible
  • by Karma on Mar 24, 2011 at 10:37 AM
    Alrighty now - All you naysayers how much more evidence do you need before you believe that Todd is a wack-a-doodle!! He did the crimes and now he needs to be punished. High horses fall hard!
  • by g-parent Location: williamston on Mar 22, 2011 at 03:58 PM
    It seems to me that the comments should be about Todd and not his family. They are not responsible or in fault. I know everyone is entitled to their own opinion but it seems it should only be about him.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 22, 2011 at 03:58 PM
    That is just it...he is NOT thinking of anyone but himself and a cheap thrill
  • by Former LEO Location: enc on Mar 22, 2011 at 03:18 PM
    What concerns me the most is that Todd got past the psychological screening evaluation in order to get a NC law enforcement job. From what I know, his coworkers in Kinston could see he had some issues and dismissed him. Then, he got another LE job. This shows that the system is not working properly. See LEOs in my area that should have never been hired for work in law enforcment either. The NC state screening system is not working properly. We can do better.
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      by Sane on Mar 22, 2011 at 06:05 PM in reply to Former LEO
      I agree that it aint working properly because 1/2 the ones screening these types of people are nuts too.Just look at the amount of women that work in prison systems that have affairs with inmates.It is rediculous.
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      by atf on Mar 22, 2011 at 09:26 PM in reply to Former LEO
      From what i see in law enforcement today its all about physical and not mental, as long as you pass the po pat the mental/class room work is easy, all they have done is lowered the standards because with the po pat being a must pass test for all its hard to find people that can do both.
  • by In Awe Location: Hometown on Mar 22, 2011 at 03:07 PM
    Todd, what in the world are you thinking have wonderful parents and children.....

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