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Fire set to avoid mortgage, police say

Friday, Oct. 14, 2011 2:31 PM
Last updated 2:56 PM
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An Augusta man will have to wait in jail for his trial on a charge of first-degree arson.

Jerry Green Harris was denied bond Friday after his arrest Sept. 11 on allegations that he had his house set on fire to get out of a mortgage. Firefighters called law enforcement around 3 a.m. that day after determining that a house fire on Dickey Road looked suspicious.

Deputies said it looked as though the house had been ransacked and that several fires had been intentionally been set. Their suspicions turned to Harris when they found jewelry, electronics and other family property in his car.

Harris reportedly admitted that he had hired two men to set his house on fire to avoid his mortgage.

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Crime Reports and Rewards TV 10/14/11 - 03:20 pm
Dumb de dum dumb...

Dumb de dum dumb...

ReleehwEoj 10/15/11 - 08:31 am
I don't think it works that

I don't think it works that way - he still owes the mortgage holder whether his house is standing or not. A payout from his homeowner's insurance, could, had he not been caught, have been used to pay off his mortgage. Not sure who's misinformed here the - perp or the writer...

dougk 10/15/11 - 06:39 pm
well, Relleeh, it makes

well, Relleeh, it makes perfect sense to me. He gets out of the mortgage because his insurance company pays it off.
That part he had right and so did the reporter, keeping his jewelry, electronics, and other personal property in his car was not...and probably among many other bungles. I'm sorry that the man was that desperate.

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