Arrest made in January vehicle arson

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

COVINGTON — The Covington Fire Department has completed their investigation and two suspects have been arrested in connection with a January arson incident.

A 2007 Saturn Aura, valued at less than $10,000, was found burning in a wooded area off Capes Drive around 3:20 a.m. on January 22. CFD firefighters were called to the scene by witnesses who were able to furnish key information to investigators, according to CFD Capt. Tony Smith.

"Based on that information, we were able to track down the suspects which were actually the owners of the vehicle," Smith said.

Andrea Wayne, 32, and Bianca Wayne, 28, both of 3250 Sweetwater Road, Apt. 1724, Lawrenceville were arrested and charged with arson in the first degree, conspiracy to commit a crime and giving false statements to a political subdivision. Andrea Wayne was also charged with criminal trespass in connection with the incident.

Smith said a witness was arriving home from work and saw the flames. He contacted his father and the two of them went to the area to investigate.

"When they got there, they noticed it was a vehicle and they called 911," Smith said. "While they were waiting on the fire trucks, they noticed a suspicious vehicle in the area and made contact with the occupants of the vehicle, trying to find out if they knew anything about the car down in the woods. The people stated it wasn't their car, they didn't know anything about it and they pulled off."

Smith said, however, the witnesses observed the car come back to the area and saw a person running from the woods and get into the passenger side of the vehicle and leave the scene.

They told firefighters about what they had seen and were able to furnish a description of the vehicle and the person driving, as well as a possible tag number, Smith said.

Smith said the only motive in the case appeared to be that the couple wanted a new car.