An Elizabethton man was arrested Wednesday on charges of aggravated burglary, theft of property over $10,000 and felony vandalism after taking metal wiring and fixtures from a home, police said.
According to a police release, Richard Carver, 28, 1235 Bluefield Ave., allegedly removed metal items from a residence he had previously rented, and loaded them into a truck.
Carver was jailed in the Washington County Detention Center on $30,000 bond with a Sessions Court appearance set for Thursday at 9 a.m.
Police said in a report that Carver was among four people who were removing metal from the house.
Carver was also convicted of arson for the April 2009 fire that destroyed four buildings in the 300 block of West Watauga Avenue.
The blaze, which was one of the largest in the city in the last 20 years, required six fire engines, two ladder trucks, one manpower squad and 25 firefighters from the Johnson City Fire Department to be extinguished.
Carver later told Judge Robert Cupp that the fire was started by setting a blanket on fire and tossing it on a mattress in the 28-unit unoccupied apartment building.
Three other single-family homes located near the blaze sustained damage from the fire. No one was injured in the fire and all four buildings were unoccupied at the time because of renovations.
A Johnson City fire truck also was damaged as firefighters tried to control the fire.
Carver was placed on 15 years’ probation and ordered to pay $10,000 to Marvin Carter, the four buildings’ owner.