According to a report I heard on the radio, even though they received thousands of tips, they found these guys without any help from informants - just old fashioned police work. They started with the description of the vehicle, started interviewing owners of Black SUV's and asking questions, and found these guys. If they are indeed the ones (and of course, they're innocent until proven guilty) then my hat goes off to the ATF and FBI and Alabama agencies that worked on the case.
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quote:Two college students arrested Wednesday in a string of nine rural Alabama church arsons told authorities that the first fires were set as “a joke” and later blazes were intended as a diversion, federal agents said.
quote:A federal source said the apparent motive was that the three students just liked to set and watch fires.