(Richmond, KY) — Following an investigation by multiple city, county, state, and federal agencies, a man and a juvenile are now facing charges in connection to an arson and burglary that occurred in Madison County.
John C. Roth, 38 years old of Nicholasville, was arrested just after 12:00 pm Tuesday and is charged with Receiving Stolen Property U/$10,000. He has been lodged in the Jessamine County Detention Center.
The initial investigation alleges that John Roth pawned items in Nicholasville Monday morning that were stolen from a residence that was burglarized and set on fire Monday in Madison County on Jacks Creek Road. A seventeen year old juvenile was also taken into custody and is now facing charges of Arson 2nd Degree and Burglary 2nd Degree for his alleged involvement in the Madison County burglary and arson.
The ongoing investigation is being conducted by members of the Kentucky State Police, Jessamine County Sheriff’s Office, Nicholasville PD, Lexington Fire Department, Lexington PD, Scott County Sheriff’s Office, Scott County Fire Department, Georgetown PD, and the ATF.
Photo courtesy of the Jessamine County Detention Center
Original press release below:
(Richmond, KY) — The Kentucky State Police, Richmond Post in investigating a residential fire that was started in Madison County on Jacks Creek Road around 10:00 am this morning.
The fire was reported by a former Madison County Fire Fighter just after 10:00 am, who saw smoke billowing from the residence and used a garden hose to begin controlling the fire. The Madison County Fire Department responded to the scene and extinguished the fire, before contacting KSP. The initial investigation indicates that the residence was burglarized before being intentionally set on fire, making it the sixth arson in five counties since April 30, 2016. Other fires believed to be connected to today’s arson occurred in Garrard and Jessamine Counties on Friday, April 30th, Jessamine and Fayette Counties on Monday, May 2nd, and Scott County on Tuesday, May 3rd.
The Kentucky State Police is asking if anyone has seen anything suspicious that could be related to the fires to contact KSP Post 7 at 859-623-2404 or the Arson Task Force at 1-800-27ARSON (1-800-272-7766). The Arson Task Force is offering up to a $1000.00 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for starting any of the fires.
The ongoing investigation is being conducted by KSP Post 7 Arson Investigator Pat Alford.