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London Man Charged With Arson After Burglary

From KSP Post 11 London -


Billy J. Swafford - LCCC

On Sunday, June 9, 2024 at approximately 8:47am, a structure fire was reported to the Kentucky State Police Post 11 London on Laurel River Church Road. The Campground Fire Department responded to the location and located a single-family dwelling on fire. 


Evidence was discovered that the residence had been burglarized and the structure was set on fire.  Kentucky State Police was contacted, and a fire investigation was requested.  Trooper Steve Walker (Fire Investigator) responded to the scene along with Constable Robert Smith. 


During the investigation, it was determined that the suspects forced their way into the residence, disabled the alarm system and stole several items having a total value of over $ 10,000.  The structure was then set on fire to cover up the crime.


Trooper Walker and Constable Smith located many of the stolen items at the residence of a neighbor.  Laurel County Sheriff Deputy Skylar McFarland responded to the area to assist and located the suspect about 2/10 mile from his residence. The suspect, identified as 47-year-old Billy J. Swafford, of London was charged with Arson - 1st Degree, Burglary - 2nd Degree and Possession of Burglary Tools.  Swafford was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.


Trooper Steve Walker is continuing the investigation.

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