Arson and Insurance Fraud Arrest

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MARIANNA, FL (WTVY) The Marianna Police Department, in cooperation with the Florida State Fire Marshall’s Office, would like to announce the arrest of Jerry Lee Upshaw Jr. in reference to a vehicle arson that occurred on May 15, 2016 at H & H Towing on Jackson Street in Marianna.

During the joint investigation it was determined that Mr. Upshaw Jr. paid a subject to assist him in burning a 2015 Toyota Avalon that owned by Upshaw and had been towed and was stored on the H & H towing Lot. Investigators determined that Upshaw paid a subject $200.00 to burn his vehicle and that he was present during and did assist with the arson of the vehicle. It was also learned that Upshaw Jr. filed an insurance claim on the burned vehicle the day following the fire in an attempt to defraud the insurance company. On May 19, 2016 a warrant was issued for the arrest of Upshaw Jr. for the above listed charges. He was located by Officers at his residence and was taken into custody without incident. Jerry Lee Upshaw Jr. has been booked in the Jackson County Correctional Facility where he will await first appearance.

This in an ongoing investigation and other arrests are expected to be made in this case. The Marianna Police Department and the State Fire Marshall’s Office would like to thank Marianna Fire and Rescue for their assistance in this case.

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