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Barry Thomas Moose, Jr.
Courtesy of Iredell County Sheriff's Office

Man Charged With Setting Fires To Uninhabited Homes

44-year-old Barry Thomas Moose, Jr. of Old Miller Road in Statesville was arrested Monday (November 27) by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with two felony counts of burning of an uninhabited building and one count of felony probation violation.

On Sunday (November 26) just before 10am, a call was received regarding a structure fire at a vacant residence in the 100 block of Old Miller Road in western Iredell County. When deputies arrived on scene, it was quickly determined the fire was suspicious based on evidence found. Detectives with the Criminal Investigations Division along with the Iredell County Fire Marshal’s Office began their investigation into the fire. Nobody was injured in the blaze.

Hours later, Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a second structure fire at another vacant residence in the 1300 block of Island Ford Road, less than a mile away from the first house fire. After arriving at the scene, deputies and fire department personnel were alerted of a suspicious person seen in the area of the fire. The suspicious person was seen carrying a flashlight and walking through the woods away from the fire.

A perimeter was quickly established by deputies and Sheriff’s Office K9 Officer Levi was utilized to attempt to find the suspicious person. The K9 tracked the suspect and led deputies to a residence at on Old Miller Road, which is the home of Barry Thomas Moose, Jr. Detectives were familiar with Moose due to a previous reported history of intentionally burning a vacant home in the area.

The Iredell County Fire Marshal’s Office determined the cause of both fires to be arson. After collecting evidence from the scenes and interviewing witnesses, Detectives identified Moose as the suspect in both cases and obtained arrest warrants. Moose is on probation for felony burning of certain property and felony burning personal property.

Moose was arrested Monday morning and transported to the Iredell County Detention Center where bond was set at $225,000 secured on the charges related to the fires and an additional $20,000 secured for the probation violation count. Moose has a Superior Court date December 4, a District Court appearance is set for December 19.