Company Offering $25,000 Reward Following Apparent Arson
A pipeline construction company working in Standing Stone Township is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the identity of the person or persons who vandalized and set fire to some of the company’s equipment late Saturday night, May 26 or early Sunday, May 27. The fire was discovered by a nearby resident at 5:30 a.m. on May 27.
Richard Kramer, Safety Officer with Benton, a pipeline construction company based in Douglasville, GA, said the fires appear to have been intentionally set and caused “hundreds of thousand of dollars in damages” to a Caterpillar D6K Dozer and a Morooka buggy and a hay blower attached to the Marooka.
The equipment was being used for pipeline construction along Tamarac Road near Schoonover and Grove School Roads. Also slightly damaged was a CAT 320D. The damaged equipment was located near what Kramer said was a live gas line and the outcome could have been far more serious.
Kramer said that a state police fire marshal is investigating the incident. Curiously, rented equipment at the same site was untouched and only machinery with signs identifying it as being owned by Benton were torched. Fuel tank caps were found removed on the burned machinery. Benton is working for Chesapeake constructing pipelines.
Anyone with information about who may have been responsible for causing this damage is asked to call 770-686-2674.