Through investigation, detectives discovered that a burglary did not occur at Klepinger’s house and that he was attempting to defraud his insurance company, according to police.
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On Monday a residence in the 22o0o block of Carolina Street was set ablaze. The house was being rehabbed, and police determined Klepinger and Brown broke in and stole building materials and then set the fire to cover up their crime.
When the fire occurred, the city’s Arson Task Force found evidence linking Klepinger to the arson. He confessed to the crime spree, according to police.
Klepinger is charged with aggravated arson, two counts of burglary, theft, and making a false report. Brown is charged with aggravated arson, burglary, and theft.
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