Man arrested in Whitwell High School arson case

WHITWELL, Tenn. (WDEF) — An arrest is made in the arson case that happened over the weekend at Whitwell High School.

Robert Cameron Dalton, 18, is charged with arson and burglary in connection to the incident. According to investigators, he is a former student. They say he has no prior criminal record.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office and Whitwell Police Department both worked together on this case. Detectives believe Dalton was the person who broke into the school and spilled an accelerant through the hallways early Sunday morning.

Police had announced a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. They did not give out that reward as of now, but they say they received a lot of tips after releasing surveillance video.

“We did receive several calls from the public and we appreciate their help in trying to catch this person. Like I said, the investigation started with some evidence that was collected the day of the fire and that is where his name was originally brought to our attention,” said Detective Matt Blansett, with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

Officials say there was minimal damage to the school. They estimate there was about $10,000 in damage. On Monday classes went on as normal.

This comes after the Whitwell High School football players won the championship, but investigators won’t say if that was the motive.

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