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Arrest made in downtown arson case
fire investigators- Lainey
Fire investigators carry something out of Jungle Jake's still wrapped in shrinkwrap. - photo by Lainey Standiford

An arrest was made Friday in the suspected arson of a downtown Hinesville business. Hinesville city officials have not yet released the name of the suspect.

The City of Hinesville issued a news release stating that the Hinesville Police Department, in collaboration with the Hinesville Fire Department, made an arrest connected to the March 27 fire that destroyed Jungle Jake's Hobbies & Games and damaged an adjoining business, Howe 2 Run, on Main Street. Hinesville Fire Department officials previously told news outlets that the cause of the fire was likely arson.

City officials said the arrest was also connected to an alleged theft that occurred at Gamers Only on April 13. The store's owner, Guy Cook, told the Courier last week that he was seeking information that could lead to an arrest. Cook said burglars stole about $30,000 worth of inventory described as an older version of Magic the Gathering game cards, now considered highly collectible.  

Gamers Only is located at 230 W. General Screven Way. Cook told the Courier there weren't any security cameras to capture video of alleged thieves. Cook had offered a $2,000 cash award for information that would lead to an arrest.

"Thanks to the excellent teamwork between HFD Capt. Jerry Heath, HFD Capt. Robert Kitchings and HPD Investigator Tony Mitchner, the suspect has been arrested on charges of burglary and arson at both locations," said Whitney Morris-Reed, Hinesville public relations manager.

Further details in the case will be released pending conclusion of the investigation, according to Morris-Reed.

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