(Release from the Rome-Floyd County Fire Department):
Fire Marshal Mary Catherine Chewning, Assistant District Attorney Natalie Staats and Ken LeCroy, Georgia Arson Control Consultant presented a check for $8,500 to an out-of-state confidential informant Monday for information that led to the arrest and conviction of two men for the arson of a stately home at 11 Craton Road south of Rome in February of 2019.
The informant had no knowledge of the potential reward money and notified law enforcement authorities “because it was the right thing to do”. Funds for the reward come from a pool of money contributed largely by insurance companies, according to LeCroy.
Chewning said that the case was one of the largest arson events in Floyd County’s history.