Ex-Cop Sets House Fire, Police Say!

Ex-Cop Sets House Fire, Police Say!
Posted by FoM on July 15, 1999 at 09:49:10 PT
By Joe Hosey The Herald
Source: Herald Online
GREAT FALLS - State agents and Chester County deputies caught a former cop they claim tried to set fire to his home as three large marijuana plants grew near his front porch. 
Douglas Carter, 51, of 4271 Great Falls Highway was arrested Sunday morning on charges of second-degree arson and manufacturing marijuana after a Sunday morning sting at his residence. State Law Enforcement Division agents also nabbed Carter's female companion, Teresa Smith, 31, on a charge of second-degree arson. Investigators have not pinned down a definite motive for the alleged attempted arson, said SLED spokesman Hugh Munn. Smith left the Chester County Detention Center on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond shortly before 5 p.m. Monday. Carter remained in custody Monday night in lieu of $15,000 bond. Carter has worked as an officer with the Great Falls, Kershaw and Fort Mill police departments but has been unemployed for the past three years, Munn said. Fort Mill police Chief Jeff Helms remembered Carter as an officer from when he took over the department in 1994. Helms said Carter lasted about a year under his administration before resigning. "He didn't work there long," Helms said, declining to comment further. SLED agents and investigators from the Chester County Sheriff's Office staked out Carter and Smith's house after a tip led them to believe he planned to torch the residence. "They actually watched this guy and his girlfriend moving personal items and pets away from the house," Munn said. The deputies went in after Carter set a pan of grease on his stove to burn, Munn said. A SLED agent grabbed the pan of burning grease and carried it from the house. On his way out, he spotted the three large marijuana plants. Fire from the pan had spread to the walls of the house, Munn said, but a local fire department extinguished the blaze before it got out of hand. Carter and Smith were arrested as they tried to run from the house after setting the pan of grease on the stove, Munn said. Pubdate: July 13, 1999 Copyright  1999 The Herald. Rock Hill, South Carolina
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