Gwinnett police make arrest in church arson

| February 26, 2012

Gwinnett County police arrested a Snellville man Friday and charged him with an arson fire at Zoar United Methodist Church.

David Wayne Stone Jr., 23, was booked into the Gwinnett County Detention Center, fire Captain Tommy Rutledge said Saturday. Charges include first-degree arson and burglary.

During an interview with investigators, authorities said Stone admitted to unlawfully entering the church on Zoar Church Road near Snellville and setting the fire.

Police had released surveillance photos of a man they described as "a person of interest" entering a store before the early morning fire at the nearby church.

The fire, reported shortly after midnight, caused minor damage to the gymnasium building of Zoar United Methodist Church. The flames had already been doused by a sprinkler system when firefighters arrived, Rutledge said.

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