Second arson suspect held

The second man charged with burning down a local business was ordered held on bond Friday morning as his alleged accomplice remained in jail.

Gregory P. White, 23, of Fort Dodge, had his bond set at $55,000 on five felony charges he’s facing in connection with a fire that destroyed much of Bemrich Electric & Telephone Inc. on June 21.

White and an alleged accomplice, Tanner J. King, 22, of Fort Dodge, are accused of breaking into Bemrich Electric, 110 S. 21st St., in the early morning hours. During the course of the burglary, the pair allegedly set the building on fire.

Officers and firefighters were called to the scene at 2:43 a.m. after the fire was reported. The blaze was contained a little more than two hours later, at 4:50 a.m.

Evidence at the scene led King and White to be charged in the case.

King was captured on Wednesday in the 900 block of South 25th Street; White was arrested, thanks to a Webster County Crime Stoppers tip, at a home in the 1200 block of Sixth Avenue North.

Both have been charged with first-degree arson, second-degree theft, first-degree criminal mischief, second-degree burglary and possession of a firearm as a felon.

King is also being held on $55,000 bond.

Investigators are trying to determine if the pair is connected to another burglary at the American Red Cross Training Center, which was reported the same day.

According to Police Chief Tim Carmody, evidence found during that investigation suggested the Red Cross burglary and fire at Bemrich Electric “may be tied together.” He said, “additional evidence collected throughout this investigation will be processed and may lead to additional charges.”

The pair have their preliminary hearings scheduled for July 5.