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Records: Gas Can Seized From Arson Suspect's Home

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Charles R. Smith III Charles R. Smith III
Tonya S. Bundick Tonya S. Bundick

ACCOMAC, Va. (WBOC/AP)- Court records show that authorities seized a plastic gas can and other items from the home of a former firefighter and his girlfriend who are suspected in a dozens of arsons on Virginia's Eastern Shore.
 
Tonya S. Bundick
, 40, of Parksley, appeared in court Wednesday and was assigned a court-appointed attorney. She is due back in court May 6.
 
Her boyfriend, Charles R. Smith III, 38, also of Parksley, had his scheduled arraignment Wednesday postponed.
 
Court papers indicate that Smith confessed to setting the most recent fire late Monday night at an abandoned house on Airport Drive in Melfa. Smith and Bundick were arrested following an early Tuesday traffic stop in Melfa.
 
The documents also show that Smith has a lengthy criminal record, including 31 felony convictions. Most stem from forgeries in 1994, for which he spent nearly a year in prison.
 
Smith's attorney was not available and his office said he would not comment.

All of the arson fires targeted abandoned and/or vacant residential and commercial structures throughout Accomack County, investigators said. No injuries resulted from any of the arsons. Additional fires have included debris and tires.

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