BREAKING: Tiger Creek fire witness charged with burglarizing home1:08 pm | November 22, 2013
A witness to Thursday’s house fire in Tiger Creek, who claimed he entered the burning home in an attempt to salvage property, was arrested after authorities say they found some of that property in the home of one of his relatives.
On Thursday night, Carter County Sheriff’s Investigator Travis Ludlow arrested Larry Daniel Rainbolt, 34, Roan Mountain, and charged him with aggravated burglary and theft over $1,000 after he said he recovered property belonging to the homeowners, Jason and Lori Blackwell.
Ludlow said the property was recovered inside one of Rainbolt’s relatives home that lived on a street near where the fire occurred at 114 Mountain Ridge Lane.
“I found a relative up on Raymond Chambers (Lane) and asked if he’d been there,” Ludlow said.
Inside that relative’s house, Ludlow said he found two rifles, a hunting bow, and bags of hunting equipment that belonged to Jason Blackwell.
“They said, ‘Yeah, he brought this stuff down, and said it was his and he needed to keep it at our house for a while,’” Ludlow said. “His story was he went straight home and told his wife that they had to find (the Blackwells) and tell them their house was on fire.”
For more details on this event, look for the story in Sunday’s edition of the Star.