A Morganton man is being sought in connection to fires that were set Wednesday (April 14) in Burke County. Wednesday at approximately 11:00 a.m. a Burke County deputy was dispatched to an address on Powerhouse Road in Morganton regarding a trespasser. When the deputy arrived at the scene, a victim told the officer that Craig Herman Lytle had been on his property and had pointed a firearm at him.
While on the scene, the deputy noticed smoke coming from an adjacent vacant property. The victim stated that Lytle had left the victim’s residence on foot headed toward the property with the smoke. The deputy found several fires that had been set on the vacant property and no one was there. Lytle, who is 46-years-old and a resident of Lytle Drive in Morganton, is considered a person of interest in setting these fires.
Lytle is known to carry a firearm and is considered dangerous. He is also wanted on two outstanding warrants for failure to appear in unrelated matters. W. A. Young and Glen Alpine Elementary schools were placed on a soft lockdown Wednesday while the Burke County Sheriff’s Office and Glen Alpine Police Department were looking for Lytle. As of earlier today (April 15), Lytle had not yet been located.
Anyone with any information of Lytle’s whereabouts is asked to call the Burke County Sheriff’s Office at 828-438-5500 or Morganton/Burke Crimestoppers at 828-437-3333. All Crimestoppers tips are anonymous, and anyone with information leading to an arrest may receive a cash reward.