County Farm Bureaus offering $10,000 reward for barn fire arrest

A fire in Benton Township, Elkhart County. Photo courtesy: Facebook/Millersburg Clinton Fire Territory

ELKHART, Ind. – Four county Farm Bureaus have created a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person/persons involved in a string of barn fires in northern Indiana.

Elkhart, Kosciusko, St. Joseph, and Marshall County Farm Bureaus have each contributed to the fund.

These counties have experienced at least 12 barn fires total since the beginning of the year.

All but one of the fires has occurred since April.

Many of the fires happened within a short distance of each other and in a close timeframe.

The reward is limited to information that leads to a conviction of criminal arson committed on land zoned for ag/farm structures in the four counties.

The reward will remain available until the parties responsible are found.

Contact the Elkhart County Farm Bureau office for complete program rules and details.

Anyone with information about the fires is asked to contact Detective Bob Smith at 574-891-2352.

You can also email the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department tip line at ECSDTipLine@elkhartcountysherriff.com.

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