Reward Offered In Canton Arson/Burglary - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Korean War vet's home burglarized, then set on fire; Reward offered

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CANTON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Canton police are investigating a fire that destroyed a home, they believe was intentionally set.

The homeowner is offering a reward for information in the case, after another crime at the property was revealed.

Billy Parker's home on East Dinkins street in Canton is completely gutted after a fire tore through his property September 12th.

He says fire investigators told him the blaze was no accident; two mattresses in his home, set on fire while he was at work.

"I would like to know personally who did this because this is where I live, been here over twenty years, never had a problem," said Parker.

While sifting through his charred belongings, Parker also learned his home was also burglarized, likely by the same people who burned it down.

"I think they came and in the back and come in by the patio, broke in the back room," said Parker. "They started to go through the house, stole pistols, shotguns, computer systems, two laptops, two digital cameras."

Parker is offering a $3,000 reward, and his employer, Burke Handling Systems of Richland, is offering another $1,000 on top of that for information that leads to an arrest in the case.

"The person that did this if they would have caught my wife in the house, when they entered they probably would have shot her, stabbed her cut her," said Parker. "I'm just lucky she was gone at the time they entered the house."

Parker, a Korean war veteran is living with family for now. His home is insured, and he's months away from retirement. This is an unexpected crossroad in his life.

"The good lord we live by our faith, because we trust in him," said Parker. "we know he's going to care of us."

If you have any information on this burglary and arson, you can call Canton police at 601-859-2121.

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