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Release #12-007; Detectives Arrest Suspect For Arson After He Sets Fire To A St. Petersburg Home

Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Investigative Operations Bureau
-Arson and Auto Theft Unit
Patrol Operations Bureau
-K-9 Unit

David Conley (Arrested)
DOB: 02/07/1955
Address: 5480 42nd Street North Lot 109, St. Petersburg
Arrested for arson.

What:  Detectives have arrested a suspect for arson after he set fire to a St. Petersburg home.

Where:  Deputies responded to the fire at a private residence located at 4210 57th Avenue North in St. Petersburg.

When:  Deputies responded to the fire at about 6:00 p.m. on Monday, January 9, 2011.


At about 6:00 p.m. on January 9, 2011, a deputy on routine patrol observed the fire at the residence and requested St. Pete Fire Rescue respond to the scene. The deputy also observed a man, later identified 55-year-old David Conley in the front of the residence located at 4210 57th Avenue North and made initial contact with him, The deputy requested Conley remain at the scene, however Conley left.

The Sheriff’s Arson and Auto Theft Unit was called to investigate. Through their investigation detectives determined that the fire was a result of arson. A Sheriff’s K-9 Unit dog alerted his handler to an accelerant. Deputies say Conley poured an accelerant in a rear bedroom of the home and lit it on fire. Deputies say witnesses saw the suspect leaving the residence as the fire started. According to deputies the suspect had been evicted from the residence four days earlier.

The suspect was arrested for arson at about 8:30 p.m. at his home at 5480 42nd St, North, Lot 109 in St. Petersburg; and transported to the Pinellas County Jail without further incident.

No injuries were reported. No one was in the home at the time the fire was set.

The investigation continues.

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