ACCOMACK COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) - Boots, laptops and a gas can were seized from the Parksley home of the couple officials say set dozens of fires in Accomack County.
Tuesday, State Police announced 40-year-old Tonya Bundick and her former firefighter fiance Charles Smith III are responsible for the majority of the more than 70 fires set in Accomack County since mid-November.
According to a search warrant obtained by WAVY.com, the following items were seized from the couple's home:
- plastic gas can
- 1 pair Timberland boots, size 9
- 1 pair men's tan coveralls
- 1 pair grey timberland boots, size 9.5
- 1 pair Rockawear boots, size 12
- 1 HP laptop computer
- 1 Compaq mini 110 laptop computer
Bundick was in court the day after her arrest to face felony arson charges in connection with the April 1 fire of a vacant home on Airport Drive in Melfa. She was given a court-appointed attorney Wednesday.
Smith admitted to setting the April 1 fire and did not appear in court. Both are due back in front of a judge May 6 and both are being held behind bars without bond.
Wednesday, WAVY.com learned Smith has a long criminal history.
According to court records, Smith was convicted of breaking and entering in 1998 and sentenced to spend four years behind bars. He was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $1,253.
WAVY News' Andy Fox reported Smith has 31 total convictions against him. A majority of those convictions are of forgery in 1994, totaling approximately $2,600. Initially, Smith was only put on probation, which was rescinded when he failed a drug test for cocaine and jailed.
In 1999, Smith was sentenced for breaking and entering into two homes and grand larceny.
Fox also learned Smith was an active member of the Tasley Fire Department from 2002 until November 2011. It is unknown at this time why he is no longer a member.
Additional charges against both Smith and Bundick are pending. At this time, they are only charged in connection to Monday's arson.
The pair were engaged to be married in May and lived together in Parksley.
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