GREENFIELD — A New Fort man faces arson and auto theft costs following an investigation right into a storage hearth late final 12 months.
Zachary Lee Olston, 32, is charged in Hancock Circuit Court docket with arson, a Degree 4 felony; and auto theft, a Degree 6 felony.
The fees stem from a storage hearth within the 500 block of Riley Avenue in Greenfield on the night of Nov. 9, 2020, and a report of a stolen car the next day.
A possible trigger affidavit states Olston had been allowed to remain within the storage for a short while a number of months prior, however not at the moment.
Olston’s mom and sister visited the storage, nervous about his situation and drug abuse, in line with the affidavit. They and the boyfriend of the property’s resident tried to get him to come back out of the storage. Olston’s mom reported smelling smoke, the affidavit continues, and finally Olston opened the storage’s service door. She pulled Olston out and noticed a flame within the storage earlier than he fled the scene.
The next day, the resident’s boyfriend reported his car was stolen whereas he was inside his girlfriend’s residence. Later that day, the automobile was situated in Charlottesville, the place Olston additionally was, visiting his cousin. The boyfriend went to Charlottesville to confront Olston, and legislation enforcement quickly joined the 2.
The Hancock County Jail knowledgeable officers it could not settle for Olston for possession of stolen car, nonetheless.
Greenfield Hearth Territory and insurance coverage investigations into the hearth report the blaze was deliberately set, in line with the affidavit.
In March, Olston was within the Hancock County Jail for an unrelated offense. A detective and hearth investigator questioned him, throughout which he admitted to setting the hearth that led to the storage blaze and taking the car the next day, in line with the affidavit.