Affidavit: Emmett church fires hid burglaries

| June 12, 2013

Detectives investigating the two April 27 burglaries and arsons in Emmett recovered items stolen from the churches in a house less than a half-mile away, according to court documents obtained by the Statesman.

Community Bible Church and First Baptist Church were burglarized – a safe, computer equipment and other items were stolen – before the buildings were set ablaze sometime before 4:30 a.m.

Emmett Police Chief Steve Nebeker said his department fielded between two and 20 tips a day from the community after the fires.

"Our detectives were running nonstop," Nebeker said. The FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives assisted in the investigation.

One tip led Emmett police to a house in the 800 block of Hayes Street, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Three people were living in a rental home there: Bradley R. Thomasson, William C. Dorahush Jr., and Tammy Hannan, Hannan told police.

Hannan told investigators she saw her boyfriend, Dorahush, and Thomasson return home with the stolen items the morning of the fires.

She said the men left for a short time after dumping the loot at the house. She said Dorahush later told her that they set fire to the churches to cover their tracks.

Thomasson, 41, and Dorahush, 45, were both charged May 15 with felony arson, burglary and theft.

By then, both men were in the Gem County Jail on unrelated charges. Thomasson was being held on charges of absconding while on parole; Dorahush was being held on a warrant involving drug charges in Oklahoma.

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