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Cobb County man charged with Christmas Day arson at church

First degree arson is a felony punishable by a fine of no more than $50,000 or by a prison term between one and twenty years, or both.
Credit: Georgia Commissioner of Insurance
Clint Vance

CLEVELAND, Ga. — A Cobb County man was arrested for allegedly setting fire to a church on Christmas Day. 

On Friday, Jan. 3, investigators with the Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner’s Office charged Clint Vance, 33, of Kennesaw, after a fire was set to the back exterior wall of Solid Rock Baptist Church located off Ga. Hwy. 115 West on Dec. 25 in Cleveland, Georgia.

After authorities released surveillance video, an anonymous tip sparked an investigation into Vance, which resulted in him being charged. 

They said Vance was already incarcerated in Cherokee County Jail when the charges for the Christmas Day arson were handed down. He currently sits in Cherokee County Jail for his previous, unrelated charges.

He is facing one count of arson in the first degree, one count of criminal damage to property in the second degree, one count of possession of tools for the commission of a crime, and one count of vandalism of a place of worship.

“Thanks to an anonymous tip, we were able to locate and identify this individual less than 24 hours after announcing our interest,” said Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King. “This is a perfect example of what can be accomplished when law enforcement, the media, and members of the public come together in search of a dangerous criminal.”

Investigators with the Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner’s Office assisted the White County Sheriff’s Office and the White County Fire Department with this investigation. 

Authorities say first degree arson is a felony punishable by a fine of no more than $50,000 or by a prison term between one and twenty years, or both.

Credit: Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner’s Office
On December 25, a fire was set to the back exterior wall of Solid Rock Baptist Church located at 7662 Hwy 115 West in Cleveland, Georgia.

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