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ATF Offers $30,000 In Reward Money For Information About Three Arson Incidents

CHRISTIANSTED — St. Croix has been plagued with three cases involving arson in the last month and a half. 

Another $10,000.00 REWARD is being offered by V.I. Paving for information leading to the arrest of the individual or individuals responsible for the destruction, determined as arson, of a CAT 323FL Track Excavator owned by Virgin Islands Paving, Inc.  

The arson occurred during the evening hours of Sunday in the vicinity of Sion Farm.

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is also requesting any information regarding the April 30th early morning fire at the Stop and Save Food Market as well as the May 8th fire at St. Croix Trading in the Mount Welcome area of Christiansted. 

Each fire has been determined to have been intentionally set. Each business additionally report the theft of cash and other items of value.

A reward in the amount of $10,000.00 has been offered for EACH of these incidents by the ATF.

For information leading to an arrest in these arson fires.

Remain anonymous and collect your reward.

Submit information today at or at or call the USVI Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-222-8477.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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