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HFD makes arrest in arson case

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The City of Hinesville issued a news release Friday, April 19 stating that the Hinesville Police Department, in collaboration with the Hinesville Fire Department, arrested 30-year old Brett Salisbury in connection to the March 27 fire that destroyed Jungle Jake’s Hobbies and Games and damaged an adjoining business Howe2Run on Main Street, and a burglary that occurred at Gamers Only on April 13.

Salisbury is charged with two counts of first degree arson, two counts of burglary, and two counts of possession of tools for a crime, according to HFD Captain Robert Kitchings.

Kitchings, HFD Captain Jerry Heath, and HPD Investigator Tony Mitchner spoke to members of the gaming community — people who know each other and play various games at both locations — until they were able to single out Salisbury as a person of interest.

Salisbury is alleged to have attempted to start a fire at the Gamers store located on West General Screven Way in a local shopping center. Kitchings said the fire in the Gamers Only store burned itself out before it could cause any damage.

Kitchings believes Salisbury may have allegedly started the fires to cover his tracks after breaking into the stores.

Salisbury is currently incarcerated at Liberty County Jail, and was denied bond this morning before a magistrate judge.