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Suspect in custody after pickup stolen, set on fire in Calloway Co.

(Source: Calloway Co. Sheriff's Office) (Source: Calloway Co. Sheriff's Office)
(Source: Calloway County Sheriff's Office) (Source: Calloway County Sheriff's Office)
CALLAWAY COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

Authorities in Calloway County, Kentucky arrested a man in connection to a truck that was found engulfed in flames on Collins Road in the Kirksey area on Aug. 21.

William Nelson, 32 of Murray, was arrested for burning personal property to defraud an insurer.

The arrested stems from an investigation that started on Aug. 21, 2016 when sheriff's deputies in Calloway County were dispatched to a vehicle fire.

When they got on scene, deputies found the truck's passenger compartment full of flames.

The Calloway County Fire and Rescue Department put the fire out and determined no one was inside of the truck.

The owner of the pickup truck, 32-year-old William Nelson of Murray, Ky., told investigators that the vehicle was parked at his residence on Cambridge Drive in Murray when he left his home around 9:30 p.m.

An occupant of the home also reported that the vehicle was in the driveway when she went to sleep at about the same time Nelson left.

Nelson reports that there were a number of items in the truck at the time it was taken that he uses for his business. 

The Calloway County Sheriff's Office reports it was very apparent that the truck was set on fire.

Further investigation showed within 24 hours after the fire, there was an insurance claim filed by Nelson.

The Calloway County Sheriff's Office said the events seemed suspicious.

Insurance investigators are also looking into the incident.

The investigation is on-going and anyone with any information concerning the theft or arson of the vehicle is encouraged to contact the Calloway County Sheriff’s Office at 270-753-3151 or use tips@callkyso.com.

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