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Possible arson just the beginning of Boonville crime spree

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Storage building at Lincoln Industries burned down early Saturday morning. Storage building at Lincoln Industries burned down early Saturday morning.
BOONVILLE, IN (WFIE) -

A two-day crime spree in Warrick County has left several businesses damaged and one burned to the ground. 

The first arson investigation began at Lincoln Industries. The building and everything inside is a total loss and the suspects in the case left a long trail of destruction throughout the city.

The fire alarms sounded around 4:00 Saturday morning at Lincoln Industries.

"When they pulled into the parking lot, there were three or four explosions that occurred from the propane tanks inside," said Boonville Fire Chief Steven Byers. 

The storage building was fully engulfed and took several hours to get under control.

"I called in the state fire marshall's office and we started the investigation. I think we worked on it for about five or six hours, digging through the debris and everything. Once we determined the location of the fire, we got a hold of the police department, got them involved and did determine that it was arson," Byers said.

Company officials say there were also several small fires lit in a building and the front door was shattered on another building. 

But the trail of destruction doesn't end there. 

Just down the street at the Warrick County Co-Op, employees say keys to the Syn-Energy petroleum trucks were stolen.

On Main Street, an employee at the Robin's Nest says the vandals caused several thousand dollars of damage to their business, knocking over concrete bird baths and destroying poinsettias in the greenhouse, many that were already sold to local churches for Christmas.

"Here, hopefully in the next couple of days, they'll have the suspects and I know they started questioning them yesterday," Byers said.

Police say they do have several juvenile suspects. It's still an on-going investigation and we'll be sure to keep you updated.

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