Fast Work: Livingston Police Detectives Quickly Crack Arson Case, LIVINGSTON, December 28, 2017 - Detectives with the Livingston Police Department wasted no time in utilizing resources and experience in forensics to find the person allegedly responsible for an act of arson / vandalism at local car dealership, Hastings Auto Sales. Detectives with Livingston Police Department were able to construct description utilizing local businesses with security cameras deployed in the area. Additionally, there was other forensic evidence that linked 23 year old Tyler Ray Yarbrough, of Shepherd to the crime. Additionally, Yarbrough has contacts in Livingston and is (was) employed by a local business. Yarbrough was interviewed at the Polk County Sheriff's Office. Yarbrough's statements in the interview were consistent with the circumstances involving the crime and he eventually confessed to committing the crime. Tyler Yarbrough has been charged with one count of arson and is currently residing in Polk County Jail.
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Hastings Auto Sales shortly after midnight (Dec. 27, 2017)
Clues Look Suspicious at Small Dealership Fire, LIVINGSTON, December 27, 2017 - Shortly after midnight on December 27, 2017, Livingston Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to Hastings Auto Sales (602 W. Church St) in reference to a car fire. Firemen arrived to find a Chrysler 200 engulfed in flames and spreading to the two adjacent vehicles (a Chevy Impala and a Chevy Aveo). The fire was quickly doused, but the clues at the scene appear to add up to vandalism. Several cars appeared to have mud intentionally smeared on them. A nearby white Jeep (located just behind the burning cars) had mud smeared on the interior of the windows and the dashboard. Officer Donald Dyson with Livingston Police Department and Livingston Fire Marshal, Josh Mohler initiated an investigation. Fortunately, nobody was injured in this bizarre incident.
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The Chrysler 200 was completely burned out.
The 2 adjacent vehicles were heavily damaged by the fire (Chevy Aveo pictured at right).
The other adjacent vehicle (Chevy Impala) appeared to be totaled.
A white Jeep SUV directly behind the burning cars appeared to have mud intentionally smeared in the interior.
The Chevy Aveo appeared to have mud that was intentionally smeared on the hood.
Officer Donald Dyson, with Livingston PD initiated an investigation into the incident.
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