Man, 28, arrested and charged with arson, fraud

A 28-YEAR-old Torquay man has been arrested and charged with three counts of arson after a fire which tore through three stores on the night of June 22.

Crime Investigation Branch officers executed a search warrant at the man's home on Monday morning.

Detective Sergeant Mick Polit said police seized documents, steroids and pepper spray.

Brown is in custody and is expected to appear in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

Det Sgt Polit said police also seized forensic evidence and evidence on his conduct prior to and after the fire.

The man was charged with three counts of arson after fire gutted Auto one, SportFirst and the Arts and Craft Superstore in June.

Det Sgt Polit said he was also charged with fraud for allegedly making a $1 million insurance claim.

And Det Sgt Polit anticipates more arrests as investigations continue.

"We don't believe that (he) was alone or committed this offence on his own and further arrests are likely to be made in the coming days," he said.


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