A 21-year old Alabama man has been arrested in connection with last month’s burglary and arson at Rozy’s Food Mart near the Alabama/Georgia line.
According to Floyd County Police Dustin Wade Smith – a resident of Boaz – was arrested by Etowah County authorities late Tuesday on warrants charging him with burglary second-degree, smash and grab burglary, criminal damage to property, arson second-degree, theft by taking and possession of tools in commission of a crime. All but the theft are felonies.
Patrol responded to the store on May 21st after the alarm company notified the owner of a possible burglary. When the owner viewed the surveillance footage, he witnessed a man attempting to set the store on fire. When police arrived they discovered significant damage inside but the suspect had left the scene.
After the fire department cleared the building, investigators found several points of origin – random items of merchandise were set ablaze. Smith is accused of stealing $300 cash and a case of beer.
Media coverage of this incident has helped police identify Smith and make charges. At that time, he was out on bond for a vehicle theft that occurred in Jackson County, Alabama. That stolen vehicle was recovered in Tennessee.
WEIS Radio News spoke with the ATF Field Office in Atlanta, after witnessing ATF Agents at the scene later that same morning the incident occurred. We were informed they could not comment on the matter and were merely “assisting in the investigation.”
Smith is currently being held in the Etowah County Jail awaiting extradition back to Georgia.